Tesco's ISP service is just a DUN (dial up networking) service from windows like any other. If you configured using one of their discs, that doesn't stop you making other configurations yourself or by using other ISPs' discs. (see the way I spell disc? - I'm English and use UK ISPs, three of 'em) You can have as many on your machine as you like. If you like the Tesco's connection (I can't think why unless they're poking incentives at you) there's no reason you can't also have a connection with, say, linuxuk.net or any other linux-friendly ISP. Incidentally, if you plug the modem into one of your linux boxes and route that way, you needn't give up your Tesco connection, either. The connection is only important to the ISP for you email client - once you're connected you can switch email clients and browsers at will, it's just that you can't pick up or send more mail using Tesco's direct email service until you switch back again.
Other ISPs check your logon, then take a commisssion for your using the phone on their connection, whoever they are, so Tescos have no great interest in what else you're using while you're connected via them. Their mail servers may only be able to communicate with OE as a mail client but the connection itself is your machine to the wider internet. If your stuff will work elsewhere it's irrelevant to them, you're only using their 'pipe' - connection through their server, which also takes stuff through that they don't even recognise!
Last edited by jazzclubber; 12-15-2002 at 09:26 PM.