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osOpinion: Broadband and Linux: The Love You Give

Jan 23, 2001, 07:56 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Revill)

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"I find it amazing how companies can continue to discriminate against those individuals who use certain technology that they themselves use. I'm speaking specifically of an incident that occurred not long ago involving both AOL and a friend of mine."

"This friend learned of a local company that provided that one coveted service that makes the geek in all of us drool puddles the size of Olympic pools. In a word, broadband."

"In this case it was in the form of high-speed cable Internet access."

"He promptly phoned Media One (the company he planned to connect with) and inquired about availability, price, etc. After sorting out the specifics, he learned that he could both afford and acquire the highly sought-after cable modem. Upon telling the ISP that he planned on using Linux with the company's service, the representative not so politely informed him that Linux is an OS that may not be used with their service."

"After politely probing for an explanation, the representative replied quite sharply, "Our service does not support Linux."

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