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 15:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: seriously"
vodoomoth
Member since:
2010-03-30

So what's your comment saying? That they've done right by dropping dial-up because it's only 10-15% anyway?

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RE[4]: seriously
by lucas_maximus on Mon 18th Jun 2012 18:00 in reply to "RE[3]: seriously"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

There are slightly more pressing issues in the a lot of countries than internet access.

Edited 2012-06-18 18:00 UTC

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RE[4]: seriously
by Soulbender on Mon 18th Jun 2012 19:25 in reply to "RE[3]: seriously"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

That they've done right by dropping dial-up because it's only 10-15% anyway?

They're NOT dropping dial-up, the only change is that gnome-ppp (and presumably wvdial) is not on the install CD. It is still available from the repos and it does come with cli dialup tools. NetworkManager also supports USB modems, iirc.
I"m not stating it's right (or wrong), I'm saying that most people in Africe simply do not have Internet access at all.

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RE[5]: seriously
by Yoko_T on Wed 20th Jun 2012 16:28 in reply to "RE[4]: seriously"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

"That they've done right by dropping dial-up because it's only 10-15% anyway?

They're NOT dropping dial-up, the only change is that gnome-ppp (and presumably wvdial) is not on the install CD. It is still available from the repos and it does come with cli dialup tools. NetworkManager also supports USB modems, iirc.
I"m not stating it's right (or wrong), I'm saying that most people in Africe simply do not have Internet access at all.
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Hey idiot, if gnome-ppp and wvdial are *NOT* on the install cd, mjust how in hell are you supposed to install it since you won't have acess to the repos since you need a dialup connection to get acess to the repos which you won't have?

God save the human race from genetic defectives like yourself.

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RE[4]: seriously
by jgagnon on Mon 18th Jun 2012 19:50 in reply to "RE[3]: seriously"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

Suffice it to say, when Internet access does become more popular in more remote areas of the world, dial-up will NOT be the desired nor implemented option. You really think they're running (or going to run) copper wire all over Africa and other places? No, it's all mobile phones with related broadband Internet access (3g/4g/whatever). Want Internet access on your PC? You get it through your phone. THIS is the direction the world is headed in for these places, not to dial-up Internet over POTS.

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