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im running ubuntu 6.10, but Im on dialup and i cant upgrade now without doing a clean install of 8.04 apparently, and to be honest id prefer to find a better distro if im going to have to go through the trouble of installing a new setup, im at my friends hooked up to his high speed at the moment, but I was wondering if there is a distro out there that is free to d/load, has better dialup support than ubuntu, I have a pctel modem and i also have the driver file from the linux modems site, is there a distro that does that better and also doesnt require the constant updating to continue to support the OS?
any help you guys have would be deeply appreciated before i start d/loading 8.04...i have used mandrake a long time ago so im not scared to try a new distro
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I really doubt that there are substantive differences in distros for something specific like dialup. Also, changing distros to solve a particular issues can lead to frustration and tail-chasing.
No distro requires constant updating---as long as your system is working well, you never need to update.
I would stay with Ubuntu at least until you get everything working.
if you like Ubuntu then dl and burn the Ubuntu 8 install disk . or for almost all distros you can buy a install dvd and have it mailed to you for $5 to $20 US .in the US "Best Buy is, or will be, selling a Ubuntu dvd for $20 with 60 days tech support
Frankly, I don't know of a single distro that requires updating. Whether you update or not, that is your own decision. In fact, I have been running 8.04 and the number of updates has been reasonable, certainly compared will leading edge distros like Fedora. 8.04 is LTS - supported for 3 years - so not simply one phase in the evolution to the next release, which means fewer updates.
As for the hardware support, that is very much a kernel issue. There really won't be much of a difference between distros.
Frankly, I don't know of a single distro that requires updating.
Ubuntu 8.04 did require updates. Default installation (from dvd) had some X-related bugs which could be fixed only by update. However, many others could live without updating them. Still, user will need to download files for new programs eventually, so I think in this case slackware or maybe gentoo could be better - because program source normally has smaller size than compiled distribution-specific package.
To clear up the update issue, I went to install some software through synaptic, and it seems that it cant find many of the repositories or files. I was told this was because 6.10 is no longer supported. This is the main reason I was thinking about updating. 6.10 has worked pretty well for me so far, but I was already thinking of taking a look at other distros.
I have requested the latest ubuntu disk and it is on its way. I will also look into slackware.