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Old 04-22-2006, 11:33 PM   #1
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What is need for internet with Fedora Core 5?

Hi guys,
I just got Fedora Core 5 for my computer and I love it. Everything is going great expect for online connectivity. I asked questions at another forum and got no answer, so now I know how to asked them in more detail. First thing, I have a Conexant 56k ACLink Modem in my computer. I found a driver for my modem (forgot the name, but its the one for Conexant modems), it didnt work. When I installed it, it wanted to DL some packages but couldn't becuase of no net. My second, and I think biggest problem, I have internet with AOL. I've done my research, and found a page about Linux and AOL, but it didnt work out too great. I've also heard its about impossible to setup right. I'm thinking about getting another service. I was looking at NetZero. I read the offer an internet service for Linux, right? In short, what do I need to do from scratch to get internet access?
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A couple of questions:

1. Are you seeking to connect with broadband or dial-up? The modem you describe is only suitable for dial-up at 56K.

2. Do have a router and an ethernet card installed?

By far the easiest thing you can do is use an ADSL modem/router combination for broadband internet connection. That is straightforward and works with almost no internvention from you. If you are going to remain with dial-up, the easiest thing is an external serial modem. The setup is much easier that with the modem you described, though it is possible to use the modem you have because I have used it in the past.

With regard to you ISP, as far as I am aware AOL is NOT compatible with Linux since you have to use their browser. I this has changed someone can correct me.

I was familiar with NetZro many years ago when they offer free dialup. If that is still the case, they will work with Linux.

Hope this was helpful,

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When you ask about AOL, you are going to get some strong opinions. AOL has thrived by making easy what some people might have thought difficult--ie accessing the myriad resources on the web. Most of the basic stuff is quite easy to set up on your own.

So--first--drop AOL and get an ISP that just gives you a connection.

Second, using Linux without broadband could become very frustrating. There is always something to be downloaded. Depending on where you live, getting DSL might be not all that expensive.


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