rob at esdelle.co.uk
Sat Feb 23 22:11:08 GMT 2008
> Sorry if I am asking a rather basic question - I think I sort of know
> the answer to this one but would like to be sure.
> A friend is intending to use my old computer (dual boot with Ubuntu and
> Windows ME, 450 MHz, 256 GB RAM, 2 USB ports but no ethernet) for modest
> internet access. I have managed to persuade him that it is safer to use
> only Ubuntu for the internet, and I have provided a Thomson/Alcatel
> Speedtouch modem, for which I have Linux drivers, for use in the
> meantime. However, he may get a laptop at some point, in which case a
> wireless router might be useful. Has anyone any suggestions as to which
> ISP's are most suitable and Linux friendly? One constraint is that it
> would be best if the broadband contract does not affect the way in which
> phone calls are billed, as he will be using someone else's phone line
> (with their consent).
> He has been looking at BT and Orange, but has anyone any comments on
I'm not sure what Plusnet are like now, I used them about 5 years ago
and they were okay.
If you want a Linux friendly ISP, why not try the UKFSN
(http://www.ukfsn.org/) as they're a Linux friendly ISP, they even go as
far as funding Free Software with their profits.
Prices start from about £16 for about an 8MBit connection with 3GB peak
and 30GB off peak usage allowance and about £20 for 30Gb peak and 300GB
off peak. Peak hours are from 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and off-peak
is from 10pm on Friday to 8am on Monday.
He'd be responsible for the activation charge (about £47) and monthly
fee, it's separately billed to the main phone bill.
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