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Using a Script to Simulate a Serial Device for VirtualBox

Recently I needed to simulate a serial device (a GPS, to be precise) for a Windows application I'm modifying for a client.

I don't use Windows on a regular basis, but I do have a license for it, and an original Windows XP CD from back in the day, so I loaded Windows in a VirtualBox virtual machine for the odd occasion I might need Windows, like when I build the Windows version of OpenLP 2.0.

Yay! I got my HSDPA Internet up and running!

I recently got a permanent Internet connection at home thanks to Vodacom's HSDPA connectivity solution and my brand spanking new Huawei E272 modem. So now I sit here, happily surfing at around 1.5Mbps.

After a lot of Googling and things, I started to wonder if I'd ever get my modem to work under Linux. There were posts about the E220 and the E620, but I had almost nothing come up on the E272. However, the standard Linux Device Rule came to my aid: When in doubt, just plug it in and see what happens.