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AOL won't work.. not sure of any specific free one's but most others you should be able to get working. Usually a local ISP in your area always works as they tend to use Linux as well due to costs.. Mindspring.. or Earthlink I know works.. but they cost too much now to keep up with AOL..
If it's narrow band, then surely TCP/IP is TCP/IP whoever you choose. It should be just a case of configuration (this is not always the case if your PC has an internal "winmodem").
As far as broadband is concerned, then surely it's a similar case. But also depends on whether there are linux drivers for your modem! though from the limited amount I know about the subject, if you follow the NIC card/ethernet modem or router modem, then there is a considerable amount of equipment that is compatible.
Distribution: Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat/CentOS
Originally posted by trickykid AOL won't work..
Just curious...I don't use AOL, but I would think that their service provision would work (I don't know this of course but). If your ppp connections or ethernet for that matter were set to their servers, couldn't you dial/log in and get to the net with any browser? I agree with what your thinking, it would be stupid to pay for their service if all you wanted was a connection, but it might work.
I have a friend who had AOL and at her place one day I minimized AOL and just opened IE (I couldn't take all the busy crap on the screen) and it ran as though I had any provider. Just curious as to your take on this.
Well... yeah... under windows you can do pretty much any internet-related task using AOL and their client as you can do with any other type of internet connection... minimized, or maximized... or resized....or positioned slightly off-center... doesnt matter... You can use any webbrowser or p2p client or messaging client.. or game.. or whatever... running "on top" of the aol client....doesnt matter. it's just likely to be noticeably slower with all the aol junk fowling your connection... and you'll probably get about a million pop-up windows from AOL/Time Warner begging you to not cancel their service.
But anyway... that's windows... as far as linux is concerned there is no official AoL client. But, you can give Peng AOL a shot, as mentioned above. Works in console even. Just make sure you have an active account.