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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by jessesmith on Mon 18th Jun 2012 13:42 UTC
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I am running Ubuntu at the moment and the statement about how the distro updates its repository information when downloading a package is false. Also, if the writer was using a USB modem then there is a pretty good chance it would work with Network Manager, which is included with Ubuntu. Up until recently I traveled with a USB modem and it was a simple matter of plugging the modem in and Network Manager would offer to dial-up.

I suspect either the writer was using a modem not supported by Linux or he wasn't familiar with Network Manager.

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