On Tue, Feb 29, 2000 at 09:25:49AM +0000, John Kelly mentioned:
> How incredibly arrogant.
>> For a first-time linux user, there are numerous reasons why they might not
> be able to get ppp set up. First of all, they could be (unknowingly)
> using a winmodem. Second, it could be an ISA modem with certain IRQ/io
> conflicts (I've had experience of Linux being completely unwilling to
> believe me when I told it there was an ISA modem on a certain port with
> certain IRQ/io values, when O/FBSD would). Third, and most important of
> all, is the psychological factor. A lot of people don't believe they CAN
> get stuff like this set up, so they go into the situation believing they
> are going to fail.. and because of this, they usually do.
In which case, they shouldn't blame the OS.
I spent six hours trying to setup a modem on Windows (my mum's machine),
and got a few friends to give it a shot too.
In the end, I gave up, and installed Linux. Took about two minutes to get
it working, using that method I posted. Seems that the line is flaky
though - it drops connection every five-ten minutes. Prolly why it
wouldn't work with Windows at all.
Never thought I'd be showing my mum how to use "ifup ppp0". <grin> The
family really like the idea that no one can delete there files without
asking them ('course I didn't give *them* the root password).
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