Mobile Broadband and Linux

I finally broke down and ordered a mobile broadband card. I travel enough that I’ve been considering one for a while. The final catalyst for me making the jump is that Sprint has a EVDO USB product that officially supports Linux – the Sprint Franklin U680. The USB device comes with all drivers (Linux, OS X and Windows) stored on the device itself. Simply plug it into your laptop, copy the Linux_Ubuntu folder to your machine, run a command or two (depending on the Linux variant you are running)… and it actually works. Exactly as advertised, the first time I tried. I have to admit I’d purchase quite a few more products if they’d simply support Linux like this. If course if AT&T supported tethering on my phone I wouldn’t need a separate mobile broadband card, but that’s an entirely different post altogether.


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