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Mobile Gadgets for Linux Gearheads on the Go

Dec 04, 2009, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

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"Connecting to the Internet when you're away from home or office basically comes down to either a Wi-Fi hotspot or some type of wireless broadband access. It's not that hard to find a free Wi-Fi hotspot these days what with Starbucks and McDonald's locations within reach of most. If you happen to be an AT&T customer your options are even greater. The downside to using Wi-Fi is you do have to find one of those hotspots and get connected, which can be an adventure in itself. You're also competing with the rest of the patrons for bandwidth.

"If you're one of those mobile computer users constantly on the go with a need to stay connected to get your job done, you've probably at least considered if not purchased some type of wireless broadband device. Older versions of these devices came in the form of a PCMCIA, Cardbus or ExpressCard device. Newer versions typically come in a USB form factor. If you're really fortunate you might have a laptop with the capability built right in. While most of the latest Linux distributions provide support for a good number of these devices, it's not a slam dunk to get one working with your hardware."

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