SUSE Linux 10 has very good support for internal Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) cards, and these can also be set up at this point in the installation. In most cases, the card will be automatically set up, and you just have to provide the specific information given to you by your ISP.
Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) providers sometimes offer a particular hardware device to connect with. These are sometimes USB devices. Unfortunately, there are a large number of different types and not all of them work with SUSE Linux 10. There are also different standards in different countries, and as a result, getting these devices to work on Linux has always been something of a problem. If YaST detects such a device during the installation, it attempts to set it up, but there are still many cases in which USB ADSL devices fail to work with SUSE Linux.
If at all possible, rather than using a USB device for ADSL, you should choose one of the ADSL routers with Ethernet output. This type of ADSL connection will always work, and if your provider offers the choice, you should definitely go for this type of connection. If your provider offers a wires-only service, you can buy such a router and use it to connect; again, there should be no problems at all. All you need to do is follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer or ISP for setting up your network connection to talk to the router and make the necessary settings in YaST's networking module.
Running your SUSE Linux 10 installation
Step 1: Configuring your root password
Step 2: Configuring your network access
Step 3: Setting up your host and DNS addresses
Step 4: Configuring the default gateway
Step 5: Testing your connection and online updates
Step 6: Configuring your modem
Step 7: ISDN and ADSL connections
Step 8: Adding a new user
Step 9: SuSEconfig
Step 10: Reviewing the release notes
Step 11: Configuring your hardware
Step 12: Graphics and sound card configuration
The above tip is excerpted from from Chapter 1, "Installing SUSE 10" our original excerpt of The SUSE Linux 10 Bible by Justin Davies, courtesy of Wiley Publishing. This chapter explains how to successfully install SUSE 10 on your box. Find it helpful? Buy it on Amazon.