In my last article I have described how to manage manage GSM mobile broadband connections without Network Manager on Debian based distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
In this article I will show you how to do the same on Red Hat Linux based Linux operating systems like CentOS and Fedora. I recommend that you read "Introduction" and "My hardware and ISP configuration" paragraphs from my last article to get acquainted with my exact hardware and Internet Service Provider configuration. Required procedure is a bit simpler for Red Hat Linux, CentOS and Fedora because there is some abstraction in accessing basic pppd options. Also Red Hat network configuration files are differently arranged (better than Debian in my opinion) and because of all that this article is a bit simpler to follow than it's Debian counterpart.
Recent Network Manager versions like Network Manager 0.9.1 from Ubuntu 11.10 and Network Manager 0.9.2 from Fedora 16 and aren't working well with both of my GSM mobile broadband modems, Huawei E220 and ZTE MF100. Actually this aren't first Network Manager version that refuse to work with the same hardware, there were some problems back in the good old Ubuntu 9.10 days. Because of that I had to learn managing my mobile broadband network connections without Network Manager. In this article I will do my best to point you in the right direction to managing your GSM mobile broadband connections from terminal without Network Manager on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian based operating systems.
Like many of you out there I use mobile broadband as my Internet connection. What bugs me the most is that annoying virtual CD-ROM drive that pops out every time I put my stick in my USB connector. The idea is that average user has all of its modem drivers (of course Windows only) nearby. What's the use for that thing on our beloved Linux boxes? I know one. We can have fun disabling this annoyance once and for all. In this article I'll show you how to use your your Linux PC to disable virtual CD-ROM drive with built in software on Huawei and ZTE GSM modem devices.
I'm one of many people not satisfied with current Linux on desktop situation. I'm saying this with regards to Unity / Gnome3 story. Because of that I use Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx with Gnome 2 on all of my machines. But there is one thing I don't like on my Ubuntu 10.04 PC and that is default theme. In comparison with later Ubuntu version Ambiance and Radiance themes from Ubuntu 10.04 look unfinished. So lets fix this. In this article I'm bringing you Ambiance & Radiance themes deb packages from Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 backported to Ubuntu Lucid 10.04.
I'm glad to inform you that one of the most compelling Linux distributions in todays Unity/Gnome3 Linux situation Linux Mint 12 final version has been released. Linux Mint 12 developers did their best to please us faithful Gnome 2 users by making few Gnome 3 extensions to mimic Gnome 2 user experience and by supporting Gnome 2 fork named Mate Desktop environment.
What's new in Linux Mint 12 you might ask?
Linux 3.0 kernel
Based on Ubuntu 11.10 but without Unity
GNOME 3.2 + Mint Gnome Shell Extensions (MGSE)
MATE Desktop Environment (alternative to Gnome 3.2 + MGSE)
Mozilla Firefox 7.0 and Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0
At the time of writing this article Linuxmint.com hasn't been updated with new download links yet so here are some of the download mirrors: