Winmodem support for Hoary?

Joe Barnett thejoe at
Tue Nov 30 09:14:15 CST 2004

On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 19:59:01 -0800, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 29, 2004 at 10:36:20PM -0500, thully at wrote:
> > I currently am using Ubuntu, and wondered if Winmodem support is being
> > considered
> > for Hoary?  I have a Conexant HSF winmodem (using Linuxant drivers) and it would
> > be great to have the drivers for this and other modems integrated into Ubuntu.
> > As non-free drivers are currently being supported in restricted, and much of
> > the world is still on dial-up, including winmodem drivers would help greatly in
> > making Ubuntu into a better Desktop OS.
> There is currently no such project in the queue, no.  Are you interested in
> working on one?
> --
>  - mdz

for what its worth (for whoever has time to work on such a project),
the .deb packages provided by linuxant work perfectly with ubuntu: 
install linux-headers, then install the deb package and it builds the
drivers for you automatically.  I also think that the free version of
the drivers (capped at 14.4 Kbps) allow redistribution, so they could
potentially be repackaged in linux-restricted-modules.

It'd also be great if whoever worked on this worked on including a
more intuitive dial-up connection program.  I set up
gnome-system-tools' network tool (it seemed like the only graphical
frontend included in ubuntu: are there others?) to dial up for my
parents' computer, but noticed a few things that seemed odd:

1)  no "you are connected" systray applet - my parents were usually
confused about whether they were connected to the internet or not

2) it seemed to disconnect if i clicked "OK" to dismiss the dialog
after the connection was established.  more specifically, after
clicking "OK", the modem dropped the connection, then started to dial
again (could hear the modem whinging noises), but the connection never
seemed to come back up.  If you clicked "OK" before the initial
connection finished (during the modem whinging noises), though, it
seemed to stay connected.


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