[ubuntu] GrameenPhone’s Internet with Mobidata EDGE modem in ubuntu

Lot’s of UBUNTU users in Bangladesh are searching to configure Mobidata EDGE modem. Well, the most effective way to connect internet is wvdial. If it’s your lucky day then the following steps will work fine.

Step 1: First things first, make sure you are enable your repository from your software source.

Step 2: Now, in the terminal type

$ sudo wvdial

, If you are getting command not found that means you don’t have wvdialconf

For Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic koala) 4 files needed:

1. http://packages.ubuntu.com/karmic/i386/libwvstreams4.6-base/download
2. http://packages.ubuntu.com/karmic/i386/libwvstreams4.6-extras/download
3. http://packages.ubuntu.com/karmic/i386/libuniconf4.6/download
4. http://packages.ubuntu.com/karmic/i386/wvdial/download

All 4 files in .zip can be found (i386) into here

Update for Ubuntu 10.04
Although wvdial and dependencies are included into CD of 10.04 are NOT installed by default! Bug#400573
You do not need to download them, just use the .iso or LiveCD or LiveUSB following the procedure below:

1. right click ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso and ‘open with archive mounter’
(or mount LiveCD/LiveUSB)
2. right click on icon created (from 1) to ‘browse folder’
3. create a folder on Desktop (ex. named ‘wvdial’)
4. copy into that folder all 4 .deb files that exist into .iso/LiveCD/LiveUSB
… /pool/main/w/wvdial
and /pool/main/w/wvstreams
5. use System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
and then from menu File > Add downloaded packages > double click Desktop and then the folder you created at point #3, click open, follow instructions to

OR, you can got to step 5.

Step 3:If you can manage internet connection some how then go to terminal type

$ sudo apt-get install wvdialconf

Without installing PLEASE DON’T PROCEED.

Step 4: After installing wvdialconf you have a file name wvdial.conf in

/etc/wvdial.conf. Go to terminal type

$ sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf

. This will open the file with gEdit.

Step 5: Now copy and paste from below in /etc/wvdial.conf you are all most done!

[Dialer Defaults]
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Init3 = AT+CGDCONT=1,”IP”,”gpinternet”
Modem Type = Analog Modem
ISDN = 0
Phone = *99***1#
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Username = xyz
Password = xyz
Baud = 460800
New PPPD = yes

Step 5: You are done! Go to terminal and try again

$ sudo wvdial

. Hope you can find [connect] word!!

[NOTE:] make sure that your Mobidata EDGE modem found in /dev folder like /dev/ttyUSB0 or whatever! just put the name correctly in the modem section.

Now you can enjoy your GrameenPhone’s Internet with Mobidata EDGE modem in ubuntu all the time.

Enjoy 😉

Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) will be released on October 30th, 2008

“The most notable plans for subnotebook supremacy in Intrepid are better support for mobile networking, improved startup time, and official support for USB installation images. Network configuration in the current version of Ubuntu is handled by NetworkManager, which offers simple point-and-click support for connecting to WiFi access points. The new version of NetworkManager, which will be included in Ubuntu 8.10, adds basic support for 3G networking. In addition to integrating the new version of NetworkManager, the Ubuntu developers will also conduct testing to ensure compatibility with the most commonly used 3G networking devices and services.”

  • 3GNetworking – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/3GNetworkingIntrepid
    • Ship network-manager .7 and get as many 3G options fixed. Network-manager .7 already has basic support for CDMA and GSM connections.
    • Assemble a list of frequently used hardware and 3G providers in the markets with the highest 3G penetration.
    • Get most important hardware and subscriptions early in the release cycle to ensure that as many options as possible can be verified and get fixed.
  • Education Edition
    • GUI for dynamic menus – The current edubuntu-menus package installs a fixed set of menus bound to Unix groups. To maintain the menus it is currently necessary to edit the .menu files by hand. The menu group also doesn’t show up in the ubuntu users and groups tool yet.
  • Firefox KDE Integration – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Firefox3KDEIntegrationIntrepid
    • Discussion for improving Firefox integration in KDE (mimetypes, setting the desktop background, protocols schemes)
  • Boot Performance
    • Prefetch, better multithreading, dbus and hal moving to upstart, look at kernel based modesetting (ongoing)
  • Ubuntu Distributed Development
    • Aim to have all of Ubuntu, possible Debian imported in Bazaar during the Intrepid cycle and use the upcoming features in Bazaar and Launchpad to make it quick to make small changes.
  • Improve Flash Experience – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FlashExperienceIntrepid

    • Provide the user with a seamless Flash experience; this includes ease of install as well as a pleasant Flash user-experience.
    • Support Free Flash as much as possible; the long-term goal is to ship a free Flash alternative by default.
  • OpenOffice.org Upload Schedule – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OOoIntrepidUploadSchedule

    • Barring major problems the currently scheduled release date for OpenOffice.org 3.0 is September 2 and Intrepid release is scheduled for Oct 30.

  • X.org in Intrepid – https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/xorg-intrepid

    • We do not anticipate xserver 1.6 to be delivered in time for Intrepid, so we will focus on having xserver 1.5.
    • Upstream is developing two memory managers – TTM and GEM. We will wait to see which one is taken upstream, and pull that into Intrepid if there is time.
    • We have over 1600 Xorg bugs presently. Reducing this to <1000 is a stretch goal for Intrepid.

  • Wubi (Windows-based installer)
    • Possible new features: Online resizing, hibernation with swap files, support for DVD and larger distributions like Ubuntu Studio, bittorrent support for download manager, built in CD burner, native migration.
  • Font Selector discussions, removing cruft after upgrades, DVD live installation performance hacks, gathering translation statistics, USB installation images, Python 3 support, and more.

Ref : Horny for Ubuntu 8.10: first look at Intrepid Ibex


[Tips] MP3 support, DVD playback in Ubuntu

Some times it is really disturbing after installed a new Ubuntu/Linux and cant play mp3 files. That’s why i need to make a note down here 😀

1. MP3 support, DVD playback, Java plugin, and Flash plugin

To install ubuntu-restricted-extras package. In terminal window, command is:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

For Kubuntu, command is :

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

For Xubuntu, command is:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras

2. Install w32codecs

This non-free multimedia codecs will be used for MPlayer and Xine. To install w32codecs, you can see also here.

3. Install CompizConfig Settings Manager

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

4. Install Opera 9.24

To use commercial repository for Ubuntu 7.10.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add this line:

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ gutsy partner

After save file, run these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install opera

5. Clean up Ubuntu

To clean up Ubuntu 7.10, run the following commands:

sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get clean

Or use:

sudo apt-get autoremove


OpenDNS in Ubuntu


It is really imaging to use OpenDNS. It’s free, fast, safe and really worked fine for me. So i would like to note it down here. Hope it would be helpful for someone.

1. Open a terminal window and type the following.

$ sudo network-admin

Note: Root access is required for this step.

2. Change to the DNS tab and enter the following two addresses in the top of the first field labeled DNS Servers.

To avoid having your settings get revoked after reboots, or after periods of inactivity, do this:

$ sudo cp /etc/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf.auto
$ sudo gedit /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf
# append the following line to the document
prepend domain-name-servers,;
# save and exit
$ sudo ifdown eth0 && sudo ifup eth0

You may be required to change eth0 to your own network device’s name if it uses a non-standard name.



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