I'm still no further advanced in getting my 3G broadband modem to work in wattOS.
I know you have your hands full developing and debugging the system, but could I respectfully make a suggestion.
Grab one of your semi computer literate friends, give them a virgin copy of wattOS and a 3G dongle and ask them to fire it up and connect to the net using all three methods. Wired, wireless router (wifi) and wireless broadband.
Just watch them struggle to get up and running. Note the difficulties they have and incorporate a solution or fix into the operating system.
You could be a leader on this! If wicd will not cater for all connection methods then use network-manager instead. ( I must admit that wicd looks more polished than NM, but it's useless unless it works).
Or maybe, release a version of wattOS with network-manager installed instead of wicd. For the life of me I can't get it installed. You may just please a whole bunch of people who only/mainly use wireless broadband in a small laptop. Lot's of users are moving away from a static connection into wireless, but unfortunately this aspect of Linux seems to cause the most angst. It simply puts people off Linux permanently.
Please accept my comments as constructive and (hopefully) helpful.
Colin Jones said:I saw this code in another forum and thought it worth a go: sudo apt-get install usb-modeswitch
Tks for that. Didn't work the first time but I reloaded the Synaptic package manager and tried again and it downloaded and installed. Can't see what difference reloading would do here, but it worked anyway. Packages suggested were tcl tcl8.4 usb-modeswitch-data and tclreadline comgt wvsial. But what happens now. I have uninstalled wicd, but it still appears in the menus and on the taskbar. Have installed network-manager-gnome but can't see it anywhere. Going in circles now and pretty frustrated. Oh well!..........
I'm writing a suggestion to Biff that he may have some time to think about.
Cheers for now! And thanks again!
This post was edited by ralf c at January 17, 2011 5:01 PM PST
Have booted wattOS again and connected via wire to my router.
Went into Synaptic and clicked Reload.
Did a Quick Search on "network-manager"
Only 6 items returned all showing installed (green square). Network-manager was not listed!
So, closed Synaptic and reopened.
Found "network-manager-gnome". Installed this package. Many other like packages found now.
But whereto from here! Network manager does not appear in any of the menus and Wicd is still running connected to my router by wire. So it looks like I have two network managers installed at the same time, one visible and one not. This is what happened yesterday.
I tried to uninstall wicd hoping that network-manager would automatically take it's place. If you do this in Ubuntu, it will seemlessly remove wicd and install network-manager. So my question is.... Why can't I remove wicd. It will seemingly do so in synaptic but remains steadfastly in the task bar as if it is not removed and 2.... Why is network manager not showing up as a selection in the menus. Do you think there is a bug here, or am I not following a correct removal and reinstall procedure.
Good to hear from you with your positive comments. I'll have another go installing network-manager as you suggested. My original attempts failed miserably as wicd failed to uninstall and network-manager would not install even though both had been appropriately marked in the synaptic manager. If I can get things to work as suits my requirements I'll be a very happy chappy. wattOS has such a nice presentation it is an obvious choice to convert others to the joys of linux. But I can't pass on a system that is troublesome OOTB. Keep up the good work and if I can be of help from a users perspective, I would be happy to.