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Old 04-28-2009, 04:48 AM   #1
Sulli1
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Question re Internet Access/Email Access


Hi,

I am thinking of purchasing an Acer mini laptop for my daughter, as this runs on the Linus OS and I haven't a clue about operating systems please could somebody advise me on the following?

My home desktop (wired) runs on the Windows XP OS - will my daughter be able to access the internet wirelessly using the modem/router and Acer Laptop that is run on Linux? Secondly, will she be able to access her email from this laptop?

Thanks in advance

Sulli1
 
Old 04-28-2009, 04:53 AM   #2
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You're most likely not going to have an issue accessing the wireless network.

The more difficult question to answer is about her email. Do you know what program she'll be using? Evolution? If it's a POP3/SMTP account, you'll need to know all the details to get it setup in the email client. I would suggest you get a gmail account for her so she can access her email anywhere/anytime via the web. Using a Gmail account will also allow you to send/receive emails to/from any pop3 accounts you have.
 
Old 04-28-2009, 04:59 AM   #3
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Thank You!

Hi Admiral Beotch,

Thanks for your fast reply - the more important question of the two was regarding the internet access, so I'm pleased this won't be a problem.

Regarding the program she'll be using, I'm a bit confused, she has a standard aol account and that's what she would like to be able to log into. If I open her a Gmail account would we be able to use that to access her aol email from the laptop?

I'm terribly sorry, these must seem like silly questions really

Thanks again,

Sulli1
 
Old 04-28-2009, 05:11 AM   #4
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GAH! It is sacrilege for a Linux user to own an AOL account! She's asking for some real bad mojo there... hehehe

If AOL allows you to access mail via POP/SMTP, then yes, gmail will be able to send/receive to/from that AOL account. If nothing else, she should be able to access her AOL email from their web page.

The settings on this page might help you configure gmail to access AOL's mail servers:
http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/et122204.htm
 
Old 04-28-2009, 05:34 AM   #5
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Thumbs up Great Stuff!!

Great stuff!! - that'll help then.

Thanks again Admiral - I'm off to buy the Acer now
 
Old 04-28-2009, 07:53 AM   #6
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But even if she has a POP account, she should most probably be able to use evolution, thunderbird or any other mail client for it. Evolution now comes with pst file support as well. So it should be easier to import outlook files in evolution.
 
  


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