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all dial-up ISPs use the ppp protocol, so all of them should work fine. The real problem is to set up the modem and dialer. If you have a internal winmodem, you will have to go to www.linmodems.org to set it up. I have done it with a Lucent LT. The dialer is your choice, but I could not get any of them but the intellegent wvdial to work.
I have not, but it should not matter. All ISPs use the same protocol, and Linux supports that, so you should be able to connect to whatever ISP you want to use. First things first, you need to be able to use your modem.
External serial modems are better, but if you absolutely have to use an internal modem, I have used the Lucent LT linmodem which has pretty good support for a linmodem, but a real modem would be better. Of course, Linux compatibility is the most important. A compatible linmodem would always be a better choice than a incompatible full modem. Really, the HCL is all that matters.
yea goto linmodems.org read through their site also try linuxant.com if your modem has a conexant chipset but beware there driver isnt free. I ended up getting and external modem from pricewatch for 15 bucks
*ANY* external modem is compatible with Linux, without the need for any drivers or kernel modules. This is because they connect through the serial port (which Linux can talk to).
The configuration of the modem is done purely through the AT command set.
Now the earlier posts about all ISP's using the same protocol is true, however there is another piece that is missing, and that is the authentication protocol used: namely pap or chap.
Nearly all ISP's use pap or chap and it will cause your configuration to be a little different, but really not much. I would hands down buy an external modem and then shop around for an ISP. Ask them specifically if they use pap or chap for authentication. You'll find that some will know the answer and others won't. That in an of itself will help you weed out the morons.
You will not be able to use an ISP that requires you to use their dialer (like AOL or netzero, although netzero does have a linux version dialer now).
I use Earthlink dialup with an external serial Multitech (~$100) modem. Sweet. Also a PCI US Robotics modem (~$30) on another machine. O.K.
The problem I have had -- and it's still unresolved -- is having both kppp and a configured network. I had kppp going fine for a long time, then I decided to network some machines together. kppp no longer worked. I tried lots of stuff, like reinstalling kppp -- no go. Now I use have to use an "untainted" Slack install on a different partition to get online. I just use a USB flash memory drive to schlepp files around.