Does Fedora 8 download 28 GB of updates in a month !!!?
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"so there should be no more updates since January."
unless you just installed it and re-did the repo files to point to the archives .Then a one time ONLY update from the cd install to the LAST update ( 6 months ago) would be installed.
Fedora 8 is UNSUPPORTED , and INSECURE please do your self and the REST OF THE NET a SECURITY favour and install a SUPPORTED distro like fedora 11 or CentOS 5.3
Your bill is likely to contain ALL Internet traffic, so in this case nothing indicates that those downloads are done by some Fedora 8 updating process - even more because there are no official updates lately. It seems rather that someone else is using that Internet spot for it's own purposes without your knowledge and you will have to pay the bill.
Is the only Internet traffic you use automatic updates?
Likely someone has either been borrowing your bandwidth by either connecting to your unsecured ap, borrowed your net after cracking your keys or more likely someone in your house discovered hulu.com and pandora or some other streaming media services.
Which service are you using? Is your modem connected all the time? Is it possible to pin point to only F8? I have a BSNL connection. The bill contains only the size download and cannot mentioned which service/software downloaded. Its only a cumalative bill of traffic. Are there any torrents uploading/downloading?
There is no point in a modem staying connected all the time. There is hardly 1 GB per month on lowest plan. ***Use Only When Required***. There is a chance that somebody is USING ur cxn. But BSNL also has faulty billings. You should check both.
You can use only the required services or lightweight window manager if you think your system is low configuration. Just a thought....