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Old 10-03-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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I need a list of ADSL providers that support Linux


I'm building my first Linux rig. I'd like it to replace my aging XP daily-use rig, but my current ADSL provider does not support Linux. Will someone either post a list of ADSL providers that support Linux, or a website containing such a list? I live in Washington State in the U.S.A.

Thanks, Eric
 
Old 10-03-2008, 04:42 AM   #2
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I don't know of any that support Linux; they all say "sorry, we don't support that" - now that doesn't mean you can't get it all to work; it just means if you call them they'll say "hey, we don't deal with Linux". So I think the question would be "what are people's experiences with their ISPs". I'm sure there would be some to avoid (like comcast).
 
Old 10-03-2008, 05:04 AM   #3
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I use AT&T DSL internet and I've had no problems with the linux distros I use. Also, you can check this site, dslreports for more information on ADSL.
 
Old 10-03-2008, 06:09 AM   #4
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I do not know how it is in other countries and providers
When I subscribe by my provider they provide me with a CD that Cd runs
Windows
So if have 2 two choices use the CD two configure my ADSL modem and I have nothing to do than provide it with my user name and account
Or use linux and open a web browser and give it the IP adress of my modem
and than configure my modem
So I do not understand what has to with the OS you us
 
Old 10-03-2008, 12:11 PM   #5
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i have to say that i agree with ronlau9, dont see what it has to do with linux. maybe some modems/routers won't work with linux but i find that also highly unlikely. i use adsl at home with slackware np, and same thing on my college with a different isp, both work great.

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #6
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maybe some modems/routers won't work with linux
To avoid any doubt, I think that modems with connected to the PC by ETHERNET will work like a charm...
 
Old 10-03-2008, 01:21 PM   #7
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To avoid any doubt, I think that modems with connected to the PC by ETHERNET will work like a charm...
yea, there shouldnt be any problem with that.
 
Old 10-03-2008, 01:31 PM   #8
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To avoid any doubt, I think that modems with connected to the PC by ETHERNET will work like a charm...
It wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up a cheap router too, so the router could handle any login information needed, then you don't have to worry about anything on the PC itself except making sure your ethernet card is supported (99.9% of them are).
 
Old 10-03-2008, 07:23 PM   #9
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Get yourself a router - this makes all the ADSL setup a snap, and you will be able to split the same net connection between multiple PC's, if you want to do so.

Even without a router this shouldn't be overly complicated, as most Windows configuration tools do only put up a shiny interface for a very simple task. I did something similar ages ago and it worked after some frustrating hours. A router works within minutes.

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Old 10-05-2008, 08:44 PM   #10
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Very few ISPs support (as in help desk Q & A) Linux. OTOH, ADSL is the same tech anywhere, so there's no reason you can't run Linux.
HTH
 
Old 10-05-2008, 09:25 PM   #11
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I have service from AT&T and run DSL... no problems. I don't think you're going to run into any problems with your modem where having Linux is going to present a problem. Sometimes you might be required to run IE for certain services, but there's always Wine for that.
 
Old 10-06-2008, 12:36 AM   #12
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It wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up a cheap router too, so the router could handle any login information needed, then you don't have to worry about anything on the PC itself except making sure your ethernet card is supported (99.9% of them are).
I've had issues with some onboard NICs before...but just have an old 10/100 pci card around, you can get em at little pc shops for nothing, just in case.
 
Old 10-06-2008, 12:55 AM   #13
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... I'm sure there would be some to avoid (like comcast).
I was curious, why avoid comcast? I use comcast, but have yet to have a serious problem. I actually called their customer service with questions about running my own webserver and was told (from a rather interesting fellow... long story...) to "Go for it! Running your own business is great!".

I'm not defending comcast (they are the microsoft of the ISPs) I'm just curious what experience you've had or whatever...
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Aside from that, I don't see how an ISP supporting or not an operating system should be a question. The internet is the internet. Data is data. The only question I would see is whether or not your linux box would have drivers available for your cable/dsl modem. Why not get a router and slap that puppy inbetween for added security?

I HIGHLY recommend a Linksys WRT54GL. You can slap linux on that and be completely open source! Google DD-WRT if that is the route you choose.

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Old 10-07-2008, 06:08 AM   #14
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I didn't have a problem with comcast until last week I got an email from them telling me that they are going to start kicking off people that use up too much bandwith. I'm not at risk, but it irks me anyway.
 
Old 10-07-2008, 08:52 AM   #15
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I do not know how it is in other countries and providers
When I subscribe by my provider they provide me with a CD that Cd runs
Windows
So if have 2 two choices use the CD two configure my ADSL modem and I have nothing to do than provide it with my user name and account
Or use linux and open a web browser and give it the IP adress of my modem
and than configure my modem
So I do not understand what has to with the OS you us
To clarify, I currently use Verizon DSL. Verizon requires that a user install a special software on his/her computer in order to use their service. The software is only available in either Windows or Mac versions. There is no Linux version of the software,

So my choices are:

1) Switch to an ADSL provider that does not require special software.

2) Switch to an ADSL provider that uses Linux-compatible software.

3) Use my Windows rig as an Internet gateway for my Linux rig. This option would defeat my whole purpose in building a Linux rig.
 
  


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