BigPond is the Internet Service Provider owned by Telstra, the major telecommunications company in Australia. It is possible to use Bigpond ADSL with SuSE Linux. However, the installation CD-ROM assumes you use Windows (of course).
As of mid-2003, Telstra Bigpond ADSL Home users are provided with an Alcatel Speedtouch 530 modem. This `modem' is actually a hardware router. I connected the Speedtouch to my computer with an Ethernet connection (using the CNet PRO200WL Fast-Ethernet adapter mentioned above). The Speedtouch can act as a DHCP server, providing IP addresses. It is possible to configure the Speedtouch as a DHCP client as well.
Once the Speedtouch has established a connection with the computer, there are several ways to configure the Speedtouch from the computer. The full manual is available on the Telstra Bigpond ADSL configuration CD-ROM.
One options is to `telnet 10.0.0.138'. This is apparantly the most flexible option, but is also the hardest to use. Another useful option is to `ftp 10.0.0.138' (most Linux users would use ncftp instead of ftp), which allows the computer user to upload or download configuration files. The easiest option is to simply use the web browser and use the URL `http://10.0.0.138'. Some basic options can be configured with HTTP, and configuration files can also be uploaded or downloaded. Your Telstra Bigpond ADSL user name and password can be set using HTTP.
Unfortunately, at first I could not find the default Telstra ISP configuration file anywhere in the provided Telstra Bigpond ADSL installation disk. The installation disk did not contain any instructiosn for Linux users. I first configured the Speedtouch with Telstra's provided Windows installation program (which repeatedly crashed, for one reason or another. However, it got the job done in the end). After using Windows to do the initial set-up and configuration, I then used SuSE linux to connect to the Internet and do subsequent configuration of the Speedtouch 530.
Eventually, I did find Telstra's default configuration and `generic instructions' for the Speedtouch on the installation CD-ROM. Look under ``HD/isp.def'' for the configuration file. The same file seems to also be in ``Alcatel/Speedtouch 530/Setup/Telstra_advance.ini''. Generic (non-Windows) instructions are at the end of the file ``Tech/readme.txt''.
It does NOT seem to be necessary to configure DSL using the SuSE configuration program (YAST2). Nor does it seem necessary to have PPPoE installed on SuSE. Instead, the Speedtouch 530 automatically handles PPPoA (Bigpond uses PPPoA instead of PPPoE), including login!