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Old 02-23-2003, 05:33 PM   #1
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pppOe/Roaring Penguin question

I've never used linux before, installed slack 8.1 today. Having trouble w/ DSL setup. Any advice, or links to information which would help would be *greatly* appreciated; six hours of searching google and reading through HOWTO's have yielded no results.

First, is there a pppOe client included w/ the distribution? If so, I am not able to find it, or do not know how to install it.

So i moved on assuming I needed to download Roaring Penguin. I cannot do this from the linux box w/ no internet connection, so I downloaded it to a windows computer and put it on a floppy. It doesn't appear I can access the FAT floppy from linux, and I can't find any roaring penguin install images to RAWRITE to a floppy.

It would appear I need the DSL up to install pppOe, and I need pppOe to get DSL up... Is the situation really that helpless?
Old 02-23-2003, 05:59 PM   #2
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If you are trying to install rp-pppoe into your box, I would sugges you get the one supplied with Slackware's extra directory (see sample link);

Once you copy it to a floppy, you should be able to mount the floppy with the default installation of slackware by issuing the command at the command line prompt: mount -t msdos /dev/fd0h1440 /mnt/floppy (assuming you have the mount point 'floppy' under /mnt);

Then just copy the tgz file to your tmp directory (i.e. copy /mnt/floppy/rp-pppoe-X-Y-i386-Z.tgz /tmp

and install it (i.e. installpkg /tmp/rp-pppoe-X-Y-i386-Z.tgz )

once you install it you need to configure it. And to do that you run the setup script under /usr/sbin/adsl-setup (I believe that is the location of it).

If the location of the script is under /usr/sbin, then you would do the following at the command prompt:

From that point on, you just answer the questions is prompts you with, and then just make sure your NIC works and your modem is connected, before running the adsl-start script.

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Thanks A LOT! for the help. I expect it will take a long time (and a lot of reading) to get comfortable w/ linux, but my internet connection is the only thing I really need. Your help saved me from having to reinstall windows and start all over.

As a sidenote, many people have (rather strongly) suggested that since I have no linux experience slack was the worst distribution I could choose. My thinking was that if I was going to learn linux, I might as well really *learn* linux.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? How did other people get started?

Thanks again.
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As a sidenote, many people have (rather strongly) suggested that since I have no linux experience slack was the worst distribution I could choose. My thinking was that if I was going to learn linux, I might as well really *learn* linux.
I was told the same thing when I started to use Linux. So, I tried Red Hat...didn't like it. I felt that it was too "bastardized". I tried Corel...pretty, but I didn't like it either. Then I said the heck with it and tried Slackware anyway...and I haven't looked back. I have since taken a look at Xandros and Yoper, but that was it...I just wanted to see what they looked like and never intended to switch anyway. I think I have learned more about Linux with Slack because it doesn't do everything for have to learn a little before you get going. Besides...if I just wanted the OS to do everything for me without having to know anything, I would have stayed with Windows. If you are serious about learning Linux...and you have a little patience...then I think Slack is a good choice.


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