[lug] Covad and IDSL

Dhruva B. Reddy sledgehammer2010 at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 30 08:15:47 MDT 2001

I should have pointed out that any Linux-friendly ISP's deserve our support, but
if you don't have an alternative, what can you do?

On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 08:13:23AM -0600, Dhruva B. Reddy wrote:
> I have trouble believing that you *have* to run their software to get set up
> (unless, of course, you're dealing with AOL).  You should be able to get the
> network settings from your ISP and go from there.  Basically, if you are given a
> router with an ethernet connection, it shouldn't matter what OS you run.
> Just because an ISP doesn't support Linux doesn't necessarily mean that you
> can't do it--usually it means that calling tech support is a bigger waste of
> time than it would normally be.
> Unless Covad has made changes that I am unaware of, Covad is not an ISP.  They
> simply provide the DSL, then it is up to an ISP to actually connect you to the
> internet (give you the IP address, etc).  Can someone explain this better than
> I can.
> You may also want to try http://www.dslreports.com, if you haven't already.
> Dhruva
> On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 07:56:56AM -0600, Terry Branaman wrote:
> > My ISP is dropping their DSL support. My phone line doesn't qualify for DSL,
> > so I have IDSL. Covad will supply me IDSL, but they don't support Linux;
> > they say that I need to run a program on Windows 9x or NT/2000. My
> > questions:
> > 
> > 1) Has anybody had any experience with IDSL and Covad? Can it be made to
> > work with Linux (I don't have any trouble with Firstworld, who use Covad as
> > the carrier)?
> > 
> > 2) Does anybody know of another, Linux-friendly ISP in Arvada for IDSL? I
> > have seen a link where you can research ISPs, but I don't remember what it
> > is.
> > 
> > 3) Can anybody recommend a good alternative (e.g. some form of wireless)? I
> > want to host a small personal web site on my server, so I need an ISP that
> > doesn't forbid that.
> > 
> > Thank you in advance for your help!
> > 
> > Terry Branaman
> > 
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