Good news! My brother and I got a modem working in Ubuntu linux. No small feat, let me tell you… We tried with my internal modem. It turned out to be a winmodem (crap!), so we went to the store and got a USB modem. That didn’t work after about 4 days of fiddling (crap again!). The we finally broke down and took the stupid USB modem back, and got a serial modem. It works! w00t!
I am now applying a bunch of updates to my computer so I can have the stuff I want (some games and KDE).
I’m just feeling geeky right now… Getting all of this done makes me feel mucho happy. :)