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Old 11-26-2004, 07:38 PM   #1
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Question Linux Dialup ISP??

I am trying to get my Dad setup with the new Fedora 3 core. He will be a dialup ISP client and I was just wondering where I might look for ISPs that support Linux? Netzero was a nogo according to their site. Could I do something with WINE to make Netzero think it's on Windows?

I have broadband at home so it's as simple as DHCP. What do other dialup Linux users resort to?

Old 11-26-2004, 07:41 PM   #2
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He lives in Spokane WA. - if pertinant

Old 11-26-2004, 07:47 PM   #3
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Most ISPs should work wih linux, they just won't give tech support. (Although I had a problem with my ISP, phoned tech support and although they don't support Linux the tech support guy was like "Thank God you are using linux")

Anyway, any external serial port modem should be able to connect. I think that Fedora has a internet connection wizzard, which should detect an external modem. Internal winmodems are another issue.

I hope this helps
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Try Google

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Old 03-27-2005, 04:00 PM   #5
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I'm typing this input using the installed Netzero.deb package under SUSE 9.2 Pro. The stupid little miniature TV, the access number downloads, and all of that works. The trouble is, you have to do a bit of manual file placement (all I did was use ARK to decompress the .deb file, and subsequently any .gz extension files it produced). You don't have to use Alien. However, when you're all done, you have to run the netzero dialer, your browser, and your e-mail client as root. I'm still convinced that somebody knows how to work around this (I don't).
I send a tech support ticket to Netzero today, and told them that people like me were going to leave their service. Their package is obviously just a few tweaks away from working fine on the regular Linux distros, and they aren't picking up their buffing cloth.
Old 03-27-2005, 04:16 PM   #6
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Any local ISP will provide internet access, and almost all national providers will work. But you will be very hard pressed to find an ISP that will offer TECH support for Linux. You just need to get the dial-up access numbers from them and use pppconfig to set it up.
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I didn't think Netzero wanted people dialing in without their dialer; seems I read something to that effect in their license. If so (I should double check), it is an unreasonable restriction (especially since I do pay the 9.95/mo.). About the only handy thing about the Netzero dialer is that it will scan amongst 5 access numbers in my area without my assistance (I'm wincing at the thought that someone higher up on the Linux cliff is going to tell me that there is a utility included with Linux that does that, too).


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