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Motoming A1200: Connecting to Airtel GPRS on Ubuntu

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At last I’m successfully connected to net via my Motorola Motoming A1200 using Airtel GPRS connection  on Ubuntu (I’m using Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope ie 9.04 Alpha).

Here is a quick run through for setting up GPRS connection on Ubuntu:

First configure pppd default ip address to which you want the GPRS connection to be binded. This can be done by editing /etc/ppp/options file. Add the following line to it via vi or other file editing tool.

/etc/ppp/options:

:192.168.0.254

Now, make the required changes to /etc/wvdial.conf as mentioned below.

PS: You can get this file generated by connecting the phone via usb and then running sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf on console. Ensure that USB mode is set to “Modem

[Dialer Defaults]
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = AT&FE0V1&C1S0=0
Init3 = AT+CGDCONT=1,”IP”,”airtelgprs.com”
Modem Type = USB Modem
ISDN = 0
Phone = *99***2#
New PPPD = yes
Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
Username = airtel
Password = airtel
Baud = 460800
Idle Seconds = 3000
Auto DNS = 1
Stupid Mode = 1
Dial Command = ATD
Ask Password = 0
FlowControl = NOFLOW

Once all this is done, you’re ready to get online by typing the following command.

sudo wvdial

Now, start browsing the net. Let me know if you get to face any other trouble.

Here is the output:

techfiz:~# wvdial
–> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.60
–> Cannot get information for serial port.
–> Initializing modem.
–> Sending: ATZ
ATZ
OK
–> Sending: AT&FE0V1&C1S0=0
AT&FE0V1&C1S0=0
OK
–> Sending: AT+CGDCONT=1,”IP”,”airtelgprs.com”
OK
–> Modem initialized.
–> Idle Seconds = 3000, disabling automatic reconnect.
–> Sending: ATD*99***2#
–> Waiting for carrier.
CONNECT
–> Carrier detected.  Starting PPP immediately.
–> Starting pppd at Wed Feb 25 14:01:47 2009
–> Pid of pppd: 8595
–> Using interface ppp0
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> local  IP address 117.97.93.18
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> remote IP address 192.168.0.254
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> primary   DNS address 202.56.250.5
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]
–> secondary DNS address 202.56.250.6
–> pppd: [08][18]�[08]

Thanks to Dirk Hohndel for pointing me to the right direction.

Medibuntu for Jaunty Jackalope

If you want some of the 3rd party, non-free softwares like Adobe Acroread, Real Player, Google Earth and Skype etc, you can always grab them on to your Ubuntu desktop by adding Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) repositories into software sources.

To quickly add the Medibuntu repository in to your Jaunty Jakalope, go to System > Administration > Software Sources, click on Third party Software, and then add the following line.

deb https://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free

This line can also be appended manually to /etc/apt/sources file as follows.

# sudo echo "deb https://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free"  >> /etc/apt/sources.list

You will be prompted for Medibuntu key. You can download it from Medibuntu.org and install it via System > Administration > Synaptic Manager or run the following command in console.

# sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

Now you’re all set to grab the packages provided by Medibuntu repositories easily.

Have fun!

Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 4 rolled out with nVidia drivers

Hurray! nVidia drivers is what I was missing on my laptop’s Ubuntu 9.04 installation. It has been rolled out few hours back and it will be available on my laptop in few more minutes. Read more info about Alpha 4 release with a screen shot tour @ softpedia which broke the news on my lappy.

Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 4 Screenshot Tour on softpedia tells the chronicals of “The Jaunty Jackalope“.

NetworkManager started working on Jaunty

I had little trouble with NetworkManager on Ubuntu 8.10.  Even after applying the fixes mentioned on launchpad and forums etc, I was unable to get it work. But last week I successfully managed to get it working on Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3) upgraded from its earlier version Intrepid Ibex.

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I made a small change in as mentioned below in /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf,  to get NetworkManager working after upgrade.

# cat /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf
[main]
plugins=ifupdown,keyfile

[ifupdown]
managed=true

Once you confirm the settings, restart the NetworkManager.

Ubuntu 9.04 code named “Jaunty Jackalope”

While we wait for the release of “Intrepid Ibex” next month, Mark Shuttleworth unrevealed the name of next up-coming Ubuntu release 9.04.

The Jackalope is known for being so fast that it’s extremely hard to catch, and breeds only when lightning flashes.

In his Septembers email to Ubuntu developers announcement list, Mark puts forward the plans for Jaunty.

Jaunty is concentrating on fastest boot time, web application integration to your Ubuntu desktop along with the firmware to run latest gadgets. For example: iPod. Jaunty will be targeting the embedded systems market also while working on the firmware mention above.

No wonder if you see Google applications, widgets and others tools getting integrated to your desktop in place of traditional software tools. Even OpenOffice might get replaced by Google Docs.

It will be more exiting if Ubuntu can make it to “Web OS” hallmark feature attracting new set of users to Linux World.