[plug] broadband with linux

Senectus . senectus at gmail.com
Sat May 17 10:45:55 WST 2008

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 3:04 AM, Dem N <dn.whatever at gmail.com> wrote:

> plug question:
> Hi, I'm researching broadband, because I'm getting a little tired of
> dialup, and I'd like to know what people would recommend.
> Basically I want about 1G at any broadband speed (I'd prefer cheaper to
> faster) with shaping (I want to ensure there are no excess fees), and I'd
> like to keep it to under $30 a month. I could get a Vista laptop, but I'd
> rather use Linux, so compatibility with Linux is virtually a must, and
> support, if possible, would be good, though it looks like no one offers
> this.
> So far, the best deal seems to be iinet's package of 2Gb (peak) naked DSL
> with bundled VOIP ($50 combined with phone; my usual phone bill is $35 so
> that's just $15 for good broadband). I've checked with them, and my line is
> compatible with naked DSL, so there's no problem there. The only thing
> holding me back is really that (1) Is it definitely Linux compatible? I'm
> using Fedora Core 4, but could upgrade to Fed 7 if needed. (2) They have an
> irritating way of doing phone messages (it sends a .wav file to your email
> address). Has anyone had any experience with iinet's VOIP, using their own
> (non-iinet) VOIP phone with an answering machine, and does it work?
> Also, can anyone tell me of any decent rival offers?
> Also, no one seems to provide an installation CD for Linux. Is it
> technically difficult to install broadband, and roughly what does it
> involve? Are there any websites that give good general guides to this?
> regards,
> Dem Nisbet.

The other suggestions are also good ones.
The virgin Broadband deal is pretty decent (especially if your a student) if
your covered in your area
The little unit they give you is OS independent once you set it up.

I just noticed this in the fine print:
Peer 2 Peer speed limited to 32kbps
I guess they don't want n00bs flooding their 3G network :-P

Ubuntu Hardy 8.04
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The more you know the less you need to say. - Jim Rohn
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