Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 18th Jun 2012 05:29 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Over at the Goodbye, Microsoft web site, Brad R. takes Ubuntu to task for abandoning dial-up modem users. Apparently Ubuntu no longer includes the GnomePPP dial-up package in the distribution, without which you can't get online via dial-up. It gets better: if you do have some way to connect, when you download something from the Ubuntu repository, the first thing Ubuntu does is update its 16+ megabyte repository index. Happy waiting! Brad concludes that "Ubuntu is for broadband users only."
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RE[2]: Noooo, really?
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 18th Jun 2012 07:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Noooo, really?"
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Which default (installed from the CD) programs require broadband internet access specifically? Email, basic web browsing, instant messaging, and posting to blogs can be accomplished very well on dial-up speeds. OpenOffice/LibreOffice, games, graphics programs and such do not require internet access at all to function properly. Even simple online games like MUDs and multiplayer strategy games can be played via dial-up. I used to use my phone company's backup dial-up line when the DSL service went down to play World of Warcraft back in the mid 2000s, and I never had any issues except in really large raids.

When I say lightweight, I'm not talking about the general lack-of-heavy-network-use that you seem to be thinking.

When I say that the programs are not lightweight, I mean they are not some tiny 2MB programs that, when compressed into packages, can be downloaded in relatively no time even on 56K. These are big, often bloated it could be argued, programs to begin with... and certainly updating the programs alone will not be done in an instant. Consider just the sizes of the programs alone and you can expect an occasional system update--even without the 16MB repository sync--fetching quite a few megabytes worth of packages.

Edited 2012-06-18 07:58 UTC

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