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[3]: seriously
by vodoomoth on Mon 18th Jun 2012 15:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: seriously"
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Well, your deduction is based on wrong premises.

First, nobody wrote "poor people use dial-up". The fact is that this "primitive" technology that the whole world used to use 15 or 20 years ago to access the Internet is STILL used in Africa. Nobody ever said that it's still being actively promoted and deployed.

And guess what, broadband here in France is also mainly based on landline. Cellular networks in the parts of Africa I know use GPRS at best. No 4G, no 3G. That too is an old technology.

Second, "most personal internet access is carried informally over cellular networks" is also wrong. Data over cellular networks is so expensive and so slow that I, living normally in Europe, gave up squandering money over unreliable data link that had problems that even Opera Turbo had a hard time overcoming. And like hundreds of thousands of other people, I turned for the rest of my stay to Internet cafés, all of which use DSL via landlines, often coupled with Wi-Fi. My next stay starts in a week and, being now a freelance worker, I only hope (in vain, I'm sure) that things got better.

Most internet access may indeed be carried over cell networks, but not because it is the best option or the most affordable option. It's simply the only option. Even using Skype to call people in Côte d'Ivoire or in Benin ends up with countless interruptions. And the people I call are using… pricey mobile data access.

The real problem is Africa is that there isn't money to build and maintain the infrastructures, whatever their price (mobile equipment) relative to more massive investments (building a correct landline network).

People who haven't experienced first hand the Internet access conditions over there don't know what it's like to not be able to speak to your family on a Skype call.

dial-up is a luxury that only the industrialized world can afford

You've had me laughing there. Do you imagine anyone willing to use dial-up when given another option?

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