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Sat Mar 1 13:33:49 GMT 2008
On 23/02/2008, les <Les at lescunningham.orangehome.co.uk> wrote:
> 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
> ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
I've been using PlusNet ever since broadband became available in my area.
Not had any major problems with them, good uptime decent speeds. Only ever
needed to contact their support a couple of times over the years.
Unfortunately they do traffic shaping, but only between peak times
As long as you've got a router most if not all ISPs should work with Linux,
they may however not all offer customer support for Linux platforms but I
wouldn't worry about that at all.
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