Next week I'm off to Melbourne and the office lent me a nifty 3G USB wireless dongle, a Huawei model E169, supplied by Optus.
First I tried it on the Mac, the device has an embedded USB storage area that mounts as a disk and has the software in it. It's rather clunky but functional and of course you have to eject it before removing the device.
I plugged it into a netbook running the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix (but presumably it's the same in the normal mix), and was automatically shown a very friendly connection wizard.
It seems to be pre-populated with all the details you might need. Suffice to say, it just worked.
Great to see a clearly superior user experience on Linux.
Ubuntu 9 is much better than 8. I experienced many crashes under 8, but 9 has been great.
The rate of improvement is amazing.
I've tried the Ubuntu 9.04 Live CD (not installed on my hard drive) and I really enjoyed using it, even though it was slow, but one day when I get a new computer, I'll dual boot Windows (whatever version is installed) with Ubuntu and gNewSense (the last 2 installed on a 2nd hard drive and a 3rd drive for storage)! I'm a big supporter of Free software and secondly Open Soure software. I've done a blog post on my blog about the Free/Open Source software vs non-free software and I really enjoyed doing that post! I enjoyed reading your post about GNU/Linux (sorry, I like to use the proper way of saying it as Linux is the kernel, GNU is the Operating System)!
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