Linux and the Dialup Modem
Apr 12, 2010, 18:04 (8 Talkback[s])
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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."