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Linux and the Dialup Modem

Apr 12, 2010, 18:04 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

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"One of the interesting things I've been working with of late in the Linux world is trying to get a computer to connect to the internet with a dialup modem. I myself haven't had to dialup to the internet for the better part of 8 years, what with having DSL myself. However, about 35% of the US has to use dialup in one form or another. And in other countries it can be as high as 95%.

"And yes, there are efforts to send dialup to a cold, dark grave in the next five years. However, I don't think it ever will die. Yes, it'll be greatly reduced, and may fall to as little as 5% of the population who are using it, but it will remain a staple of daily internet access for at least some slice of the population for years to come. Therefore, I ask this interesting question. Why doesn't Linux do a better job of supporting dialup modems?

"Just because high speed access has become more or less ubiquitous across the US, and in some parts of the world, doesn't mean that we can throw out this technology as old and dead, and thus just give up on it. Our goal in the FOSS and Linux worlds is to reach everyone."

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