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I have recently installed Linux on another computer at my house, and I was wondeirng if there was any Free Internet Providers for Linux, as there are for Windows. (like Freei, 1stup, etc..)

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by:friebele
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As far as I am aware, an ISP is just a gateway into the internet. They are not operating system specific. Therefore, the ISPs which are free for windows should work exactly the same for linux. You just have to setup your ppp with the correct DNS address and phone number, and you should have access just like you would with windows. In fact, the majority of ISPs are run on Unix based systems.
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by:iMan
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The problem with that is, I cannot run the programs, like FreeAV, or thesimpsons.com like I can in Windows, does anyone know about any Free ISPs that give the DNS, Gateway, etc...?


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by:ch52jb
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When you say you cannot run programs, do you mean you cannot run anything that requires a plug-in, such as macromedia flash movies?  I have yet to hear of any netscape plugins being made available for anything other than Windows or Mac, so anything with flash, quicktime etc won't work under Linux.  If it is just a problem connecting, then if you're in the UK try www.uklinux.net

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by:iMan
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I cannot run them because they are Windows Programs, I need a provider that will just give me the PP setting I need to plug in. Most of the free ones I ahve com accross only have Win/Mac versions!


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by:uxboy
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What you mean is that you can't run the software that will show the advertising banners that the ISP will inundate you with so that they can give away the bandwidth for free.  (therefore no connection to the isp) I feel your pain, and if anyone knows of a FreeISP that will handle linux, please feel free to contact me.
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by:uxboy
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What you mean is that you can't run the software that will show the advertising banners that the ISP will inundate you with so that they can give away the bandwidth for free.  (therefore no connection to the isp) I feel your pain, and if anyone knows of a FreeISP that will handle linux, please feel free to contact me.
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by:iMan
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uxboy,

   that's exactly what I was talking about! I don't mind the advertising banners, but there should be one made for Linux. Someone told me that they won't do that because you would have access to the source, and the you could disable the ad banners..

If anyone knows anything, please tell me...

iMan

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I have ran Freei from Linux by doing the following.

Connect using the windows client.
Run winipcfg to get the gateway and ESP the DNS information.

Set up a linux ppp to dial into freei with the same settings. You will probably experience some DNS problems until you play around with the settings a little.


You do not have to be running the freei software to connect to the net. In fact you can run the connection from dial up networking and bypass the software altogether without much of a problem.

Give it a shot, with a little playing around it isn't that hard to get it working.
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by:iMan
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Barry2k

   Thank You soo much, I didn't even think of that, you just saved me from having to pay for "special linux access" from my local provider


Thank You soo Much!!


iMan

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