Me, Slackware 11.0 and my almost working usb adsl modem
There's no point trying to conceal it - I'm a Linux newbie and what is worse a Windows Migrant. So make allowances chaps.
Slackware is the fifth distro I've trialled in a month and technically the most challenging. The biggest bugbear I've had in all the Linux distros with the possible exception of Xandros is installing the eagle usb driver and configuring the Sagem Fast 800 usb adsl modem. In Slackware 11.0 it's taken a day or so of my life to get so close to an internet connection I can almost taste it. But now I'm desperate and may give up on Slack altogether. Here are the gory details:
Installed slack with 188.8.131.52 Kernel that comes with a ueagle-atm driver (hurrah) but as with several other distros with the 2.6 no firmware installed. So I create a ueagle-atm firmware folder in /lib/firmware and reboot. At this point the modem lights blink encouragingly and both come on at boot up -- the modem is initialised and operational. So next I set up the /etc/ppp/peers ueagle-atm file with the usuall pppd stuff - user, plugins, usepeerdns etc. etc. . Then I add my user name and password to the chaps and pap secrets (decided to stick 'em in both to be sure).
Now I run dmesg|grep eagle to make sure modem is operational and then modprobe ueagle-atm and then pppd call ueagle-atm. All is fine. So I run ifconfig and yes there is a ppp0 interface - the connection has been established with the ISP (Tiscali, UK). But alas my browsers go nowhere. So then I run:
mv /etc/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf.old
ln -s /var/run/ppp/resov.conf /etc/resolv.conf
(actually without checking I think the resolv.conf is in /etc/ppp/peers in Slack but you get the picture)
which as I understand it is substituting the resolv.conf with a symbolic link to another resolv.conf containing the ISP's DNS addresses. I suspect 'though that running pppd is meant to do this anyway (but I dunno really) I notice incidentally that when I run Mandriva's GUI to make a new adsl connection it also takes my eth0 network interface down and brings it up again and replaces the resolv.conf in a similar manner (I have a NIC hooked up to one other machine running Windows2k pro. The two PCs have static IP adresses as no DHCP is running). The difference is that I actually do have an internet connection in Mandriva (otherwise I wouldn't be writing this stuff now).
Basically there is something still missing in Slack - something to bring up the interface and replace the resolv.conf I suspect. But what is it? Extensive searches have yielded little although I did come across something to do with the if-up in the /etc/ppp.
Bottomline - I'm stumped.
Slack on the whole seems like a good distro to learn all about Linux but without an internet connection what good is a computer?
Any help from you veterans in Slack would be much appreciated.