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UK USB stick modems problems

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http://forums.opensuse.org – Hi, I live in the uk and I am trying to buy one of those usb stick modems from some of the major companies (vodafone, orange, tmobile). I went to carphone warehouse and the seller said that no matter which modem I choose it is not going to work with linux. he suggested I should migrate back to windows which I dont want to do at all. but if I cant get the internet to work I will have to do it. please please do you have any suggestions? are you aware of existence of some drivers that might solve the problems? the seller said that its not going to work because linux is opensource. thank you so much for help really (Distributions)