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: seriously
by bert64 on Mon 18th Jun 2012 06:11 UTC in reply to "seriously"
bert64
Member since:
2007-04-23

Some people have no choice...

And some of us occasionally travel to locations where dialup is the only option, and its more than adequate for checking email etc.

They should include the ppp dialer on the default install cd, even if its not installed by default, the rest of the ppp stack is presumably included for pppoe/3g users and the like anyway so its not a lot of extra space, and someone on such a connection won't want to be downloading it.

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RE[2]: seriously
by Soulbender on Mon 18th Jun 2012 07:52 in reply to "RE: seriously"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

And some of us occasionally travel to locations where dialup is the only option, and its more than adequate for checking email etc.


There's nothing stopping you from installing gnomeppp before going to such an area.
Ubuntu also comes with CLI ppp tools (pppconfig, pppd, pon etc) by default so it's not like it's not there for those who need it initially.
Took me about 30 seconds or so to find that out, couldn't have been that hard for the guy at goodbyemicrosoft to do the same.

Edited 2012-06-18 07:53 UTC

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RE[3]: seriously
by gan17 on Mon 18th Jun 2012 14:08 in reply to "RE[2]: seriously"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Ubuntu also comes with CLI ppp tools (pppconfig, pppd, pon etc) by default so it's not like it's not there for those who need it initially.

I assumed those would be what they removed, since they're probably included in the GnomePPP-whatever meta-package, knowing how Ubuntu likes to do "everything + kitchen sink" packaging.

If they aren't, then it's fine, I guess.

Edited 2012-06-18 14:09 UTC

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