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linux has dsl and pppoe support, but if you're a newcomer to linux, i strongly suggest that you go for a dual-boot before jumping head-first into linux. it's a great o/s, but it takes time to learn. redhat's a good choice for a newbie, and so is mandrake. they're probably the two easiest to install.
if you're using an ethernet dsl modem, then running it under linux is extremely simple, and only needs a few lines to set to go on bootup and everything. if you're actively trying to get it going, give some more details on how far you've got with it. I'm not at all sure about USB modem support tho.
and that's all there is to it, assuming that the ethernet card is loaded properly, using dhcp everything else is given to you from the ISP. it's much much easier than settign up a dial up conection generally.
Is your Alcatel modem a USB modem or an Ethernet modem? Some do not understand the difference. I used to have DSL with an Alcatel modem under Linux, and if it's a USB modem, you'd be barking up the wrong tree basically with the above suggestions.
Originally posted by ryanstrayer Is your Alcatel modem a USB modem or an Ethernet modem? Some do not understand the difference. I used to have DSL with an Alcatel modem under Linux, and if it's a USB modem, you'd be barking up the wrong tree basically with the above suggestions.