I have a question regarding new Lubuntu focal fossa.
Presently I´m running Lubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, 64 bit as my main system. This one should receive updates until April next year.
So basically I´m not in hurry to do a fresh install.
Nevertheless I like to try things out in advance as I´m not so pleased with surprises that pop up at an inconvenient time.
Therefore I decided to give Lubuntu focal fossa a try by creating a bootable usb-stick with ventoy (https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html )
which by the way is a script to make a stick bootable for more than just one ISO. It seems to work fine and I succeeded in booting the Lubuntu 20.04 ISO.
So I could try it out as a live system.
There´s one thing that struck me as odd though.
I ran into problems establishing an internet connection with my umts-stick. I never had any problems with that using my present system (bionic beaver).
The thing is: My umts-stick is my only means of connecting to the internet.
It´s an Aldi umts-stick and "lsusb" recognizes it that way:
Bus 001 Device 015: ID 12d1:1001 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. E169/E620/E800 HSDPA Modem
When running “lsusb” on focal fossa live the stick is listed. So no problem there.
The real problem lies in the usage of the network-manager symbol in the taskbar. Focal fossa now uses “nm-tray” and clicking on that my umts-stick doesn´t appear at all.
After configurating the parameters of the stick by adding a new connection it now appears in the popup menu but has a little “x” on the left side of it. It´s still not available.
As a workaround I tried the following:
I typed my old command (“nm-applet”) as I know it from bionic beaver and a second symbol appeared in the taskbar.
And immediately - without any further ado - a popup appeared asking me for my PIN (referring to the umts-stick which all of a sudden is recognized).
After entering the PIN I could connect to my provider using my 4 weeks flatrate. Everything worked just fine now.
So basically what it comes down to is the following:
“nm-tray” doesn´t work out of the box and I cannot get it to work.
The command “nm-applet” works fine. The stick is immediately recognized all by itself.
Can anyone give me some background information as to what´s going on?
Thanks a lot in advance.
I posted the exact same question here: https://discourse.lubuntu.me/t/problems-with-recognizing-umts-stick-out-of-the-box/1291
(the Lubuntu support forum) but haven´t received an answer yet. Therefore I´m trying my luck here.