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AOL - anyone know about protocols?


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comanighttrain

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For the love of god, the following email is real.

Does anyone here know if its easy enough to set up Internet Access through AOL using Linux? and if not does anyknow why its not?

Dear Member,

Thank you for your query today.  We are always more than happy to help you with
any problems that might arise.

As currently there is no AOL software for Linux operating systems, we do not
have any information on that, hence we cannot provide you that information.

If you need further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us through
Member Service Area.

Kind Regards,

AOL Member Services.



----------original message----------
From:� comanighttrain@hotmail.com
To:� ukteca@aol.com

Thanks for your reply.

Yes, i am aware there is no client, but what im actually trying to assertain
is what protocols are used in AOL? i know that a majority of protocols are
supported by Linux?

Thanks
Dave


>From: ukteca@aol.com
>Reply-To: ukteca@aol.com
>To: comanighttrain@hotmail.com
>Subject: Re: AOL Software
>Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 07:14:22 -0400 (EDT)
>
>
>
>
>Dear Sir/Madam,
>
>Thank you for your recent inquiry. We are always more than happy to help
>you with any questions you may have about the AOL service.
>
>Unfortunately AOL does not have a client which supports Linux at the moment
>and there are no plans to release a version of AOL compatible with Linux.
>Kindly note that AOL does not offer any technical support for configuring
>AOL connection on Linux.
>
>If you have any further questions with regard to this, or indeed any other
>aspect of AOL, please do not hesitate to contact us.
>
>Kind Regards,
>
>AOL UK Member Services.
>
>
>
>----------original message----------
>From:� comanighttrain@hotmail.com
>To:� ukteca@aol.com
>
>hello,
>� � � � Why is it not possible to connect to AOL with linux? does it
not
>use
>standard protocols? As long as you can supply the relevant networking
>information linux can support AOL as long as it uses standard networking
>protocols. Especially if the AOL router supports DHCP, BT also claimed that
>it didnt support linux, when infact it does (as the router itself, runs on
>linux).
>
>Thanks
>Dave
>
>
> >From: ukteca@aol.com
> >Reply-To: ukteca@aol.com
> >To: comanighttrain@hotmail.com
> >Subject: Re: AOL Software
> >Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 18:09:39 -0400 (EDT)
> >
> >
> >Dear Sir/Madam,
> >
> >Thank you for your query today .We are always more than happy to help you
> >with any problems that might arise.
> >
> >� We really appreciate your interest that you have shown towards AOL
> >Broadband.
> >
> >We would like to inform you that unfortunately it is not possible to
>access
> >AOL broadband without using the AOL software.You need to use the AOL
> >software to connect .
> >
> >Unfortunately AOL does not have a client which supports Linux at the
>moment
> >and there are no plans to release a version of AOL compatible with Linux.
> >
> >If you need further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us
>through
> >Member Service Area via keyword Live Help.
> >
> >Kind Regards,
> >
> >AOL UK Technical Support
> >
> >
> >
> >----------original message----------
> >From:� comanighttrain@hotmail.com
> >To:� UKTecA@aol.com
> >
> >Hello,
> >� � � � I was thinking about getting AOL 2Mb broadband for my home,
as it
> >is
> >a better deal than my current supplier. My only reservation is that i do
> >not
> >like the aol software, would it be possible to use AOL broadband without
> >the
> >software?
> >
> >and also, as we are all students, some of us cannot afford Windows on out
> >machines, and so have Linux based alternatives. We all run off the same
> >router, which is connected to one computer which acts like a router thus
> >connecting everyone elses, the router may soon be linux based, would this
> >cause any major problems? I cant see how it would, as i can set up NAT
>(ICS
> >in windows terms) on the linux router.
> >
> >Thanks
> >Dave
> >
>


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Thef0rce

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uh... huh.

dont those people know that you dont need the software for aol to work? tech support is often ignorant. the problem you have here is plain and simple, you need a driver to make the usb modem they give you work in linux.

i made mine work using the eciadsl driver. I'm using the bt voyager 105 that they give you on 512kbps. I haven't looked at what they give you for the 2mb yet but it can't be far from the voyager 105. the voyager 105 is perfectly supported, everything is perfect.. i cant ask for any better.

flashtux will give you the eciadsl driver. here: http://eciadsl.flash...dex.php?lang=en

google for the modem model followed by the words 'linux support' and you will get tutorials on configuration.
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comanighttrain

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they are truly not adept.

Oh yeah, my BT modem works great. Just cant get ANY information from these helpful chaps at AOL. Ill try and find out what modem my friend has and take it from there.
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