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    Moving & changing ISP -- Linux compatibility

    Please forgive me if this is a commonly asked question; I didn't have any luck searching or browsing the forum.

    I will soon be moving to the Boston area, and dropping my current (local) ISP. I am running a Win95 (!) computer dual booting with Mandrake 7 Linux, and my local ISP is easy to use with Linux.

    I am contemplating going with a 'major brand' ISP (for dialup service) after moving, e.g. MSN or att.net. Are these services compatible with dialup from Linux? Neither seems to support Linux with software, but that's okay -- as long as I can set ppp settings and connect, I'm happy. Is it easy, difficult, or impossible to connect a Linux machine to these big name services? Or do I need to use a local ISP company?

    If it helps, I'll be living in Beverly. Thanks very much for any advice, and for your patience if this is an unusually dumb question.

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    Re:Moving & changing ISP -- Linux compatibility

    ATT.net here support some dial in with CHAP but only people from Boston area can varify it.

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    Re:Moving & changing ISP -- Linux compatibility

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    Re:Moving & changing ISP -- Linux compatibility

    As far as I know, it should work fine as long as you don't need any special software to dial in.

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    Re:Moving & changing ISP -- Linux compatibility

    Well, you can always change your ISP later if you found it not be compartible with Linux. Also, stay away from MSN since it will be a very M$ centric network.

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    Re:Moving & changing ISP -- Linux compatibility

    if you're looking at big name isp, why not spend the extra $15 or so and get cable or dsl

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