UPDATE: I have just tried the kogan agora netbook coupled with a borrowed 3 USB mobile broadband internet key, and the setup was exactly the same as described below.
The kogan agora netbook is designed to be taken anywhere – on the road, on the train, down to the local, etcetera. And being a netbook, its primary use is the internet – email, the web, instant messaging, etcetera.
So it’s safe to assume that people are going to want to use mobile internet devices with the agora – be it a 3G USB dongle or mobile phone – to connect to the internet. So safe to assume, that Matt has already asked how this can be achieved.
Thanks to the gnome NetworkManager applet, connecting to these devices is easy! First off, connect your USB dongle or mobile phone (by USB – my Nokia 6120 works fine, just select “PC Suite” when you connect the USB cable). Next, from the Preferences menu click Network Connections, and then select the Mobile Broadband tab.
Now you need to add a new connection. Click the Add button, click Forward, and then select your mobile broadband provider. Click forward again, and then click Apply. You can now click the Close button on the Network Connections window.
The final step is to connect. Left click the NetworkManager icon in the top panel (next to the clock – see the last screenshot below), and select your mobile provider. After a few seconds, you should be connected and ready to roam!
Coming soon – connecting to your phone via bluetooth! I have been working on this the last couple of weeks, and whilst it’s a little hit and miss, I hope to post some information once I am confident it will be useful.