[ubuntu-uk] Broadband

David gotfirefox at gmail.com
Sat Mar 1 13:33:49 GMT 2008

On 23/02/2008, les <Les at lescunningham.orangehome.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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
> PlusNet?
> Les.
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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.


David Martin
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