I'm sitting in a major public building in Birmingham which provides free wifi. There is no encryption at all on the connection. Xubuntu (and other Linuxes) will connect to the network ok, and show the connection speed &c in the indicator applet.
When you start a web browser, the wifi system redirects the browser to a 'terms and conditions' page where you click to say that you understand the connection is not secure &c.
None of the Linuxes I have tried can make it through the connection redirect. Firefox comes up with a 'page disconnected while loading' error.
I'm typing this on Firefox 7 on Windows 7, which, needless to say, follows the redirect straight away.
Below is the url of the redirect...
The one below is redirecting from a request for my links page which I use as the browser home page, and it includes the mac address of the laptop (shown as a stack of FFs here).
Anyone any experience on how to navigate around obstructions like this?
EDIT: a local arts centre has a redirect page that works through a local web address http://188.8.131.52 and Firefox copes with that easily.