Hello, sorry if this isn't the appropriate NG for this post:
Our family recently got internet access at home, with
the UK ISP Freeserve. It's connected to the sort of family computer,
which I had previously installed Red-Hat on (forget which version, it was
from an old Dev-Res CD set), and currently running under win 95.
I'm not exactly a Linux newbie, as I've been using it on *my* machine
for about 2 years now (mutilated version of Slackware); I've had it
connected to a network for a short time (with my Uni flatmates last year)
with a bit of success.
ANYHOW. I'm getting *really* fed up with having to use win95 to connect
to the internet- various things are annoying me like the way the "Log on as
user Foo" options work-or don't. I really need to set up Linux on at least
*one* of the machines to be able to connect to the ISP.
So:Firstly, has anyone got any experience with using this ISP
(Freeserve, in UK)? Does it need anything odd? Does it work at all with
Linux? They have the helpline, but it's 1 per minute and they'd probably
say "whats a Linux?", or "Get Win95" or something.
Secondly, can anybody point me in direction of *any* appropriate docs
for anything neccessary for connecting to an ISP? I'm sure I've seen a
PPP-Howto, but are there any other How-Tos that would be relevant, or docs
from any other source? Linux PPP for Dummies? What I know about PPP could be
written on the back of a list of the good features of MS Outlook Express.
Anything would be welcome!
Oh yeah, before I forget, I removed most of the network config type
files from my Linux box when I removed it from the network (it kept
complaining because it couldn't find anything). I don't think it had any
stuff like firewalling or whathaveyou at the time, just IP, I think. We
managed to telnet to each other's machines, and possibly we had ftp too, but
little else. So perhaps those docs ought to include stuff on IP and
networking and remote X connections, etc.
I don't use Usenet *every* night, could you email suggestions?
Tom Barnes-Lawrence (aka Tomble the Bod)
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Apologies for any glitches in post, blame windoze.