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nolliecrooked
June 1st, 2009, 05:05 PM
are there any UK ISPs that anyone knows of that has a technical support that covers Linux, or at least one that dosent say;

"Sorry, we will only help if you have a Windows PC"

squaregoldfish
June 1st, 2009, 05:22 PM
When I had ADSL I used PlusNet (http://www.plus.net/). Their Linux support was pretty good, as was the rest of their service. I liked them a lot.

Steve.

PS No affiliations or anything like that. I just like them :)

michaeldt
June 1st, 2009, 05:23 PM
What kind of support is needed exactly? Pretty much every router has a web interface for admin purposes, so it shouldn't really depend on what OS you have.

Although there are better reasons to use a particular ISP. Which OS they support is irrelevant if their service is rubbish to begin with.

nolliecrooked
June 1st, 2009, 05:57 PM
When I had ADSL I used PlusNet (http://www.plus.net/). Their Linux support was pretty good, as was the rest of their service. I liked them a lot.

Steve.

PS No affiliations or anything like that. I just like them :)

thanks man! I just rang and they confirmed it!
Ive been searching FOREVER for this!

if your ever down near Birmingham, the drinks are on me :D

gn2
June 1st, 2009, 06:43 PM
Possibly the most Linux friendly ISP in the UK is UKFSN (http://www.ukfsn.org/home/internet/adsl/).

smoker
June 1st, 2009, 11:44 PM
i switched to plusnet last month (from BT), mainly for price tho, 5.99 per month. no problems so far, :D

gn2
June 2nd, 2009, 08:34 AM
i switched to plusnet last month (from BT), mainly for price tho, 5.99 per month. no problems so far, :D

Is that an LLU offering?

smoker
June 2nd, 2009, 05:20 PM
Is that an LLU offering?

hi, gn2, not sure what you mean with LLU?

basically you need a BT-like phone line (Plusnet also offer line rental, tho i opted just for BB at the moment to see how that goes, if all continues to go well, i will transfer line and calls to them in future). it is 5.99 per month inc vat for the length of 18 month contract, not cheap for a couple of months then a hiked up price!

also included a free wireless router, tho you have to pay postage if you require it. no install disk filled with preloaded windows junk, just a few basic instructions by email with details to input in the modem/router admin setup page. (disks or downloads may be an option, i never looked, or inquired!)

ps, also, not associated with Plusnet in any way, apart from being a customer for a little over a month, so check for other more comprehensive reviews if interested: http://www.plus.net/

xpod
June 2nd, 2009, 05:25 PM
hi, gn2, not sure what you mean with LLU?

This might explain smoker.

Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) is the process where the incumbent operators (BT and Kingston in the UK) makes its local network (the copper cables that run from customers premises to the telephone exchange) available to other companies. Operators are then able to upgrade individual lines using DSL technology to offer services such as always on high speed Internet access, direct to the customer.

From.
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archive/oftel/publications/broadband/dsl_facts/LLUbackground.htm

gn2
June 2nd, 2009, 06:44 PM
LLU on your exchange means cheaper ADSL, the cheapest Plusnet offering on my non-LLU exchange is 11.99/month.

speedwell68
June 2nd, 2009, 09:47 PM
My Dad is with TalkTalk, as am I. He had a few difficulties configuring his router as he didn't have windows, to run their automatic disk from. They didn't care he was on Ubuntu, they talked him through it manually.

smoker
June 2nd, 2009, 11:51 PM
thanks xpod:


This might explain smoker.
Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) is the process where the incumbent operators (BT and Kingston in the UK) makes its local network (the copper cables that run from customers premises to the telephone exchange) available to other companies. Operators are then able to upgrade individual lines using DSL technology to offer services such as always on high speed Internet access, direct to the customer.

and gn2:


LLU on your exchange means cheaper ADSL, the cheapest Plusnet offering on my non-LLU exchange is 11.99/month.

thought my 'Loops were Locally Unbundled', though i'm sure that my doc, not the phoneman, told me that:p