While it’s certainly possible to connect a Linux-based laptop to a 3G wireless connection if you have the right hardware, most mobile operators don’t make it easy. Few offer Linux based connection software, focusing instead on Windows and/or OS X. But Nova Media’s new launch2net aims to make it easier for Eee PC customers to connect their mobile computers to their mobile internet connection.
The software is designed for Eee PCs running Xandros Linux. It simplifies the process of connecting to a mobile network using a cellphone, USB modem, or ExpressCard. Launch2net supports HSUPA, EDGE, and GPRS connections and supports network settings for carriers in most countries.
On the other hand, at 25,17 Euros or about $37.50 US, I have to wonder if the software is really worth it. The press release announcing launch2net says it eliminates “the need to enter cryptic settings like user name, password or APN address.” Because we all know what a burden it is to enter a username and password.
If you’ve had success (or problems) connecting a Linux-based Eee PC to your mobile network, let us know about your experiences in the comments!