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Until recently installing hardware in linux used to be a daunting task. But not anymore. Everything has started to change drastically. Now believe me it is easier to install and configure hardware in linux than in windows. More and more software vendors are giving native linux driver support to their hardware. As a test case I tried to install the USB modem supplied by Reliance netconnect in Ubuntu 9.1. To my surprise I was able to do it in a jiffy. I am sharing my experience with you all in this article.