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[5]: seriously
by zima on Mon 25th Jun 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: seriously"
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> 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.

I do, in fact. It sucks.

BTW, when a buddy of mine had possibly comparably bad VoIP conditions (a totally over-utilised shared LAN connected via poor radio link on one end, and on the other a dial-up deep in CIS - fairly unreliable and slow even as far as dial-up goes), it turned out that the software makes a huge difference. Skype was nearly unusable.

GTalk client (the win32 one at least) coped significantly better with poor connectivity, turned out to be the optimal choice; you might try it out - and there still might be software which is even better (it's just that GTalk worked fine for the purpose), this field still improves (also with codecs - I remember stumbling on some recent ones which offer perfectly intelligible coding of speech at less than 1kbps)

BTW, one additional data point to your "Le ignorance" post:
Connecting the unconnected
[...] “In India, Indonesia and Pakistan, the mobile phone is the primary, and often only, way users access the internet, at 40%, 48% and 48%, respectively,”

Edited 2012-06-26 00:18 UTC

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