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Old 04-01-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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ISP access..Linux XP 2006

Linux xp.. Just received CD. No instructions of any kind included. After frantic web search found that I need to boot to the CD. Done. Next was choice of Guest or Root login. Have no idea of differance, however, Guest seemed to be safest choice here. Next, was asked if I wanted Verbose Mode? Again I opted out as I felt that excess unnecessary wording was not the simple choice.

I'll pause to explain that I am a Windows 98/ME user but choose to use Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird for over a year. The machine(one of three)I want to try Linux on is:
CentaurHauls x86 (733+)
Available space on drive C: 18197MB of 19083MB (FAT32)
Agere Systems PCI Soft Modem v92

I finally got to a point, the Linux desktop, where I think I can muddle thru, but I can find no option (or wording) for setting up modem access to my ISP(dialup).

I'm certain to have more questions if I decide to install Linux to my hard drive, but at this point I'm not in the mood to format.

Thanks, wmn
Old 04-01-2006, 03:59 PM   #2
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Hi there I'm not to sure what you are tyring to do but for administrative rights under linux. as for seting up the modem in linux. Most modems don't work because of lack of driver support. However, you can try buying a linux-compatable modem or search the Web to see if your modem has a driver already developed for it. I hope this helps.
Old 04-01-2006, 04:08 PM   #3
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Couple of things we need - your modem model/type and a link to the homepage of this Linux-XP. The homepage is likely to have an explanation of the install.
Old 04-01-2006, 10:34 PM   #4
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I just had a look at their homepage, and came accross this:

Although we have not received any reports of Linux XP damaging anything at all, this is necessary to protect Linux XP and its creators.

Linux XP has been founded for your enjoyment. Running this software can only be done at your own risk. Linux XP is currently unstable, and it is currently under huge developement. It will probably not harm your computer though, however there is a risk associated with downloading and running any software found on the internet.

Linux XP has nothing to do with Microsoft Products. Windows XP is a registered trademark of Microsoft. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Sourceforge does not have any listings for forums. Other than that, it is supposed to be redhat based. Tux machines had this information:
Test it out anyway... if you want a distro that is based on Fedora/Redhat, comes with a 2.6.10 kernel, Xorg 6.8.1, and gnome 2.12, yet looks remarkably like KDE meets Windows.
Hope that helps a little as info trickles in.
Old 04-02-2006, 09:16 AM   #5
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Thanks to all..
The old saying tells the story. Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda have not spent the money. If it (Linux) sounds too good to be true, it is.
Thanks again,
Old 04-02-2006, 09:21 AM   #6
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So, basically, you just give up? Your loss.....
Old 04-02-2006, 02:57 PM   #7
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Why don't you try another distribution? Like Ubuntu? There are lots of Linux distributions out there that are not under "heavy development".

Furthermore, if you read the fine print that came with your Microsoft software, you will find a similar disclaimer there.
Old 04-02-2006, 05:43 PM   #8
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If you want an easy way to try Linux, and one that I have personally found very safe and use for a multitude of tasks, take a look at:

It runs from the CD, so not quite as quick as a hard drive installed OS, but should give you a good look at the system. It can be installed to the hard drive, should you so desire, at a later time.

Good luck.

Old 04-03-2006, 03:11 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by wmn
Thanks to all..
The old saying tells the story. Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda have not spent the money. If it (Linux) sounds too good to be true, it is.
Thanks again,


You should have done a bit of research before you went and spent your money. You could have asked here and elsewhere about a good linux distribution or looked at to see the most popular distributions. There are MANY stable linux distributions out there, you just made the wrong choice unfortunately.

You also do not have to pay for the majority of linux distributions and just because they are free does not mean they are bad, the best ones are actually free. At most you would have to pay say like $5 for media & postage or ask Ubuntu Shipit for one which is free but you could wait a while. If you have access to broadband you could also download the ISO cd image(s) and burn the CD's yourself.

A lot of soft-modems don't work with Linux as the manufacturers do not publish the standard/implementation specifications or any source code. There are some that work though. Which chipset does your modem use ? It is generally a better idea to get a external hardware modem with a serial port. The one thing about Linux is that you have to make sure you buy hardware that works with Linux, the majority of stuff works but the support from some manufacturers is pathetic to say the least so do your research before you buy hardware.

Could I suggest you try Ubuntu or Kubuntu Linux maybe. It's pretty good and their support forums are excellent.
Old 04-21-2006, 12:17 AM   #10
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I run Debian and after running a couple of setup scripts got my external
USR Faxmodem connecting at rock solid 50K every time. Only driver needed was a serial port driver that comes as a Debian package because the modem config scripts use the well known Hayes command set. The only other gotcha was making the account(s) that would use the modem members of DIP (dialup IP) group. All free.
Old 04-29-2006, 09:45 PM   #11
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There is definitely a learning curve associated with linux. You'll just have to weigh it against the prospect of having adware, spyware, DRM and who knows what else installed on your PC, reporting back to who knows who without your knowledge.

MDK 10.2 has been very good.

good luck

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