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MachineOfTheMonth: Using Charter at Home with Linux

Jul 28, 2001, 12:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Mullikin)

[ Thanks to Glenn Mullikin for this link. ]

Here's a guide to using the Charter@home cable service: something that has a narrow focus for specifics but broad applicability in terms of the information it provides about hooking a Linux machine up to a dhcp-based broadband connection.

"Linux has some of the most beautiful apps I have ever seen on a computer screen. But Linux is also a computer operating system built over the internet and it really needs a good high speed connection in order to evolve. When I say evolve, what I mean is that it takes bandwidth to keep a distro up-to-date unless you just buy the new edition of Red Hat every so often and whatever else that entails.

Since Linux was built over the internet, it makes sense that it would need to have strong networking built into it and Linux does. Part of that is what makes it so easy to get started with a Charter at Home cable modem service, at least for me it was.

This is a first part in a series examining issues and things that will need to be addressed when you try and run Linux on Charter at Home's cable modem service. As the Cable Modem HOWTO shows, every cable operator is in business for themself, they probably use different equipment (cable modem brands) and some of them may assign static ips and others dynamic ip addresses. So let's get started."

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