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Old 01-08-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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which UK internet providers support linux


i can't use my acer aspire one on my aol internet connection...does anyone know which UK internet providers linux will work on...aol have told me i need windows or mac and to upgrade to windows xp.....or what mobile broadband providers do?? thanks for your help

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Old 01-08-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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To be honest, since most of the internet is UNIX based, I think you'll find they all do...

What exactly are you asking? Who has a 'linux' set up disk? or Who has support software which runs on linux? Which elements of AOL stop you from being able to get online? For broadband, your router (which will run some flavour of *nix anyway) has certain (for want of a better phrase) 'login credentials' and short of explaining the ins and outs of how broadband works, needs no software on your box.

You just plug in/wifi in as you'd usually do et voila, internet.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 10:21 PM   #3
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ISP's don't provide any support for any o/s other than trying to troubleshoot with technical support. The ISP simply provides a connection that adheres to electrical standards. AOL provides content (like chatrooms, instant message, and email) and software. With that software they provide phone numbers for dial-up connections that are allocated by the service provider. They are simply a connection. Paying for AOL Broadband is even worse because all you're buying is software and access to AOL services - the broadband connection is STILL provided by the ISP and you have to pay for it.

What I advise you do is get broadband access from a service provider - I believe BT is the big one over there - and then you are welcome to do with that access anything legally you wish. You may connect your Linux machine to it or split the connection amongst several machines with a router. You do not need AOL services.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 02:08 AM   #4
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Its very rare for ISPs to 'support' Linux as in supply an auto-configure cd and/or telephone support.
However, the underlying technology is not OS dependent and you can usually find out how to connect a Linux box by searching google. www.tldp.org has some guides here: http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html.
Iirc, when I lived there I just googled the ISP's name and Linux and took it from there.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 05:07 AM   #5
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No ISP that I know of anywhere I've lived has ever officially supported Linux. However, Linux has worked with every ISP that I've ever used. Understand that when you call technical support their employees simply read off step-by-step instructions from a Window$ or modem manual on how to fix connection problems. You can usually still follow their instructions on Linux. That's what I do when I call them. Just don't let them know you run Linux or they'll drop you immediately ... it's always happened to me.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 05:47 AM   #6
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hm, usually the ISP will just give you a router, and that thing will do all the connection work.
What machine with which OS you'll connect to the router, doesn't really matter.

Have a look at O2 Broadband (which is 'Be'). Especially if you have an O2 phone contract, you can get the Broadband a little
cheaper than the normal price, which already is cheap as well.

I have my Linux box connected to the router, and no probs at all.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 07:54 AM   #7
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My provider claims that he support linux.
But of course it is just nonsense .
Because all you have to do if you use eternet card is to configure you eternet card and afterwards provide you modem router with you're account name and password.
Using windowsz the the windowsz install CD guide you how to do it
Using linux after the eternet card is configured type the IP adress of you're modem in a web browser and you are in menu
of the router and provided it with account name and password and it works
 
Old 01-09-2009, 09:37 AM   #8
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All you have to do is access the router using firefox, and then set it up. No Window$ necessary. Usually when you hook up the router, run 'dhcpcd eth0' or 'dhclient eth0', then go to the IP address listed in the manual, that's how you can access the router config page. It's usually something like:
http://192.168.1.1/
http://192.168.1.254/
or variations of these.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 09:53 AM   #9
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If you don't want to have a land line (BT) - you can safely go for cable (virgin media) - no phone line necessary.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 10:09 AM   #10
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I would recommend Zen Internet as an ISP in the UK.
Reliable connection and speed.
Their tech support have been first class,willing to help even after mentioning i use Linux!
The guy i dealt with was obviously using Linux himself,because he E-mailed the output from his shell
(traceroute,ping)to compare with what i was getting.
The problem was at their end and was quickly rectified.
Here's a link for Zen:

http://www.zen.co.uk/

And as previous posters have stated,worth getting yourself a router.
Regards.
The trooper.

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Old 01-09-2009, 10:36 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by the trooper View Post
I would recommend Zen Internet as an ISP in the UK.
Reliable connection and speed.
Their tech support have been first class,willing to help even after mentioning i use Linux!
The guy i dealt with was obviously using Linux himself,because he E-mailed the output from his shell
(traceroute,ping)to compare with what i was getting.
The problem was at their end and was quickly rectified.
Here's a link for Zen:

http://www.zen.co.uk/

And as previous posters have stated,worth getting yourself a router.
Regards.
The trooper.
a little expensive imo, zen.

looking at zen right now and comparing with what I use ( O2 ) -->

17.61 @ zen gets you up to 8megs download and 448kbps upload with 5GB limit / month.

14.48$ (9.79 with O2 phone contract) @ o2 gets you up to 20megs and to 1.3meg upload with no limit / month.

of course there are also many more ISPs who offer similar, but just wondering why in the end pay more for less? Main reason why I switched away from BT.
 
Old 01-09-2009, 11:05 AM   #12
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a little expensive imo, zen.

looking at zen right now and comparing with what I use ( O2 ) -->

17.61 @ zen gets you up to 8megs download and 448kbps upload with 5GB limit / month.

14.48$ (9.79 with O2 phone contract) @ o2 gets you up to 20megs and to 1.3meg upload with no limit / month.

of course there are also many more ISPs who offer similar, but just wondering why in the end pay more for less? Main reason why I switched away from BT.
The simple answer is personal choice.
I use the 25gb download limit package,and find that more than sufficient.
As i said in my last post i rate the connection speed and reliability,which is helped by the fact i live very close to the local exchange.
Also i like the rolling monthly contract,no long tie-in period.
I am also in favour of a static ip address and dedicated e-mail host name.
To my mind these are benefits of a dedicated Isp,rather than a phone company which also offers broadband.I used to use Virgin before switching to Zen,who i found very poor. So yes,Zen is not the cheapest but i would say one of the best.
Please note these are just my opinions.
I am not trying to start an ISP flamewar,use what works best for you!

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:12 AM   #13
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oh, I don't want to start an ISP flamewar too, it's usually bollocks and similar to religious wars, useless

I just like to gather data and compare
 
Old 01-09-2009, 11:20 AM   #14
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Going back to the original question: If you wanted to go for their "PS3 included with the broadband" - offer, go for it. They might not officially support Linux. I use BT, they don't support Linux either. Luckily,as the others have already said, you only need to plug in the router and switch it on anyway. Ironically the router BT provides is running Linux to do its job.
BT provide some free(ish) virus tools etc for windows. With Linux, none of that is needed anyway. You can also connect to any email service with the Linux tools (Evolution, Thunderbird, etc). Ask here on LQ if you have trouble setting that up.

Mons

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:21 AM   #15
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oh, I don't want to start an ISP flamewar too, it's usually bollocks and similar to religious wars, useless
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