USB ADSL Modem Speedtouch 330, the popular or even the default ADSL modem in some contries, is also one of the item that is difficult to make usable in Linux.
The process of installing the driver is so cumbersome, especially for the newbies. Usually at the end they will abandon the modem and replace it with ADSL router, or abandon linux and stay with windows.
However, thank's to USB ADSL Modem Manager project by Steven Harper and his team, that modem now have a new life and works flawlessly in Ubuntu.
Using the package from the project, Ubuntu user now can use their USB ADSL Speedtouch modem to connect to the internet easily and happily.
Although currently still in beta version, already the package has so many interesting features:
- installation of the single package is easy, just like other deb package
- it can be run from live cd or fresh installation
- no need to reboot after installation
- detect a change of modem automatically
- provide tray icon that shows the modem and connection status
- support both pppoa and pppoe
- easy disconnet and reconnect
and many other
I have tried the package using Ubuntu 7.04 in live cd and it works great.
To download the package or check the project, just visit these links:
USB ADSL Modem Manager project
Ubuntu Forum Thread
One of the project aim is to get the package into the next release of Ubuntu.
In my opinion this is very important project, the Ubuntu team should really consider to include it in Ubuntu 7.10 as the package is a big improvement for Ubuntu.