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What Is The Best Free Distro For A Computer With A Linmodem? I've Tried Ubuntu And After A Real Hassle Of Getting The Required File Installed With Out Being Able To Download On That Computer I Was Able To Get My Linmodem Working But Still Could Not Connect. Is There A Distro That Includeds Setup For A Linmodem? I Am Interested In Starting To Use Linux On One Computer But Have Little Time And Money To Invest.
Edit--WOW! I found a distro that worked automatically--Damn Small Linux. All I had to do was do the ppp config. Also, it is only 50mg download--workable with dialup. It runs fast in RAM. I now can set up my older computers for my kids to access the net.
You might be asking the question backwards...instead try this ...... "What is the best dialup modem to use with any distro?"
If you are new to linux and "must" have an internal PCI linmodem, it can be done but be prepared for some work. I can tell you from experience that a broken kneecap is only SLIGHTLY more painful than installing SOME lin/winmodems.
May I suggest an external serial port (NOT USB) modem because:
1. Generally faster than win or linmodems
2. Almost always work with any linux distro
3. REQUIRE NO DRIVERS.
4. Can be had for $5 or less from your local thrift shop.
BTW, unless things have changed with penggy or you use Linspire, AOL is NOT dialup/linux friendly.
Typing Like This And Asking A Question You Can Easily Find The Answer To Immediately By Using Search Is Really Annoying.
Seriously. There is a ton of info on "which distro is best" and "how do I get my winmodem to work" on the board already. If you have a more specific question, such as "How do I get xyz-123 modem to work with Foo Linux" then that is a far more intelligent and productive question.
Thanks for the info. I did not know if there was a distro that automatically set up linmodems, and the search did not bring up anything specific. However, I did not realize a serial modem could be had that cheap and will look for one.
The only distro I've played with that has automatically set up my linmodem was SuSE, for the most part, I've had to do it manually in all of my distros.
But, I would recommend a serial modem. One thing you want to look for is a "controller based modem"
What a "linmodem" or a winmodem does is it doesn't have a host controller chip on the modem. All that wonderful stuff, which is normally handeled by the chip on the modem, is handeled by software. The wonderful modem drivers. This tends to slow modem performance down, and leads to more disconnects, as you are at the mercy of the extra bit ofyour process that you aren't using for web-browsing. Anytime you are running a lot of prgrams, it's going to slow down the modem performance, and possible lead to some disconnects. Honestly, I went out and bought a 70 dollar pcmcia modem for my laptop instead of dealing with the pain-in-the-but slamr driver!
WOW! I found a distro that worked automatically--Damn Small Linux. All I had to do was do the ppp config. Also, it is only 50mg download--workable with dialup. It runs fast in RAM. I now can set up my older computers for my kids to access the net. Highly recommend it.