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I'm new to linux and have tested several distros but found a problem which is common to almost all of them: internet navigation (Only Mandriva seems to be trouble-free at this respect).
The inconvenience is this: the search engine very quickly finds the requested sites, but many pages cannot be loaded, not even the distros home pages or repositories. This is very frustrating and happens with distributions that supposedly come already loaded with the necessary codecs, like Linux Mint and Dreamlinux. As I can't access the repositories, Ubuntu (8.04 or 8.10) has not been of any help; OpenSuse 11.1, and its additional CD with restricted formats files, has been the same.
Could anybody help me solve this?
Thanks in advance
P.S.: Intel Dual Core, 1.8 GHz, 160 Gb SATA HHDD, 1 Gb RAM, Ethernetcard.
Windows XP and Mandriva present no problems of internet navigation.
I'm not sure what is going on here, but what you describe does not sound like a feature of any particular distribution. Once you have a browser installed, and you have a connection, then the failure to load a web page has nothing to do with which version of Linux you are running.
What kind of Internet connection do you have? eg DSL, cable modem, etc.
Do you have a static IP or DHCP?
Do you have a router?
Whenever you have trouble connecting to a site, copy the URL into a ping command in the terminal. If you can ping something, but the browser will not connect, then that is an issue at the server end.
I still haven't been able to find a solution. (I was told it could be something related to the size of the data packages, so I edited the /etc/ppp/peers/dsl provider file and tried lowering the MTU preset value of 1492 to 1412 and even more, but to no avail).
I like several linux distros, but don't know what to do about this internet problem.