[SATLUG] Re: Using Linux OS as an alternative

Zeb Fletcher zeb.fletcher at gmail.com
Sat Aug 23 15:39:18 CDT 2008

Yes the device has to be activated on Windows! There is no getting around
that as of yet. The manual you linked to even says as much. The reasons is
when you first get your device you need to update the card with your account
information just like you would do with a cell phone except the phone has a
keypad to enter the information the aircards has software that only runs on
Windows to update them. This is all put out in the manual you linked from
Sprint on the 3rd page under requirement and limitaions...


On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 3:15 PM, K. Reginald Buckner <
buckmiester35 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I saw some comments that concerned me as a Linux power user:
> > I really need to get Mom's pc going asap and can't do it in Hardy since
> > that Novatel USB modem has to be initialized by a Windows PC which
> neither
> > of us have or have access too.
> >
> No, you don't have to have Microsoft Windows to initialize the device. Most
> products have support for MAC and Linux. Usually you have to contact the
> vendor or find open source projects who give help in that area. Using
> Ubuntu
> Hardy Heron is easier than XP/Vista because it does not have the registry
> and DLL dilemna that MS does. Use Synaptic Package Manager search on
> keyword
> to find the package or software you are looking for. If not try the Ubuntu
> newbie forum or Sourceforge for most anything you need.
> That Novatel broadband card has Linux drivers as well. Here is the URL from
> Sprint to download the setup guide for the USB modem:
> http://www4.sprint.com/pcsbusiness/downloads/Sprint_Mobile_Broadband_Setup_Guide.pdf
> It not that Linux is hard to use or you have to be an engineer to figure it
> out.  Open Source is empowerment to the user not the software company. That
> being said you just have to be aware of some basics.
> Eeverything you get is yours and there are not limits to copies or how you
> use it. I believe in FOSS and I do think you will too. The Linux
> documentation project has HOWTO for just about evenything.
> http://www.tldp.org
> The Linux Newbie Guide is a great place to start:
> http://www.linuxnewbieguide.org/
> I'm such a newbie to Linux...and I just can't seem to learn it on my
> > own...Maybe Linux is just too far over my head...it does seem one has to
> be
> > an engineer to use it.  I'm not one, and apparently not smart enough to
> > figure any of it out on my own.  I suppose that's why MS is so
> > popular..anyone can use it.
> >
> >
> I am sure it is hard in the beginning but in short order, you be more than
> swift at anything Linux. You will see. Microsoft is not easier just more
> infected.... ( security bugs) hahahahaha!!!!
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