Posted by Rik (184.108.40.206) on July 14, 2001 at 08:01:43:
In Reply to: Anyone in Medford using DSL w/ Linux? posted by Beaker on July 13, 2001 at 19:04:21:
: Greetings Rogue Penguins,
: We'll be moving from south-central PA to Medford, OR
: in August and I'm contemplating coughing up the $$$
: for some high speed internet access. Just checked at
: the Charter Cable site and it seems their [email protected]
: service is not available @ our address so that leaves
: ISDN (too expensive) and DSL. I'm a growing Linux fan
: and am curious whether any of you have experience with
: Linux on a DSL connection, and whether you have any
: suggestions as to ISP in Medford. BTW, I'm currently
: running Mandrake 7.0 on an old Pentium machine -
: just 'til I get a real Linux box built!
The connection media really has little to do with the functionality of Linux. It's a different modem, that's all. You must be within 5 miles of a DSL-equipped subswitch location to qualifyfor DSL service. This service is spotty in the Medford area, but there are other alternatives.
Check out www.ccountry.net, an excellent local ISP.
With DSL, though, as with other "always on" static IP connections, it is essential that you operate behind a firewall. Look for Linux security to be a featured topic at the next RPLUG meeting in September!