Thanks for comments. Reading other threads here, I saw a reference to the Mint distro. Do you know if it would be friendlier for a dialup modem user?
Looking on newegg, I found a modem with good reviews from some Ubuntu users--anyone familiar with this US Robotics external modem?:
U.S. Robotics USR5637 56Kbps USB High-performance V.92 modem http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16825104006
I was reading "Beginning Ubuntu Linux (3rd Edition)" by Keir Thomas and Jaime Sicam, and they say external modems w/serial ports work well, but USB not so well--the USRobotics modem above is USB. But: this book was pubbed in 2008, so info might be outdated.
I'm kind of surprised at the general lack of support for dialup. It's not a "glamour" connection method, but millions of people around the world don't have access to broadband and must use their existing POTS equipment, esp in less-developed countries. This lack of support seems contrary to the stated goals of Ubuntu, to be accessible to *everyone.* Including users who might be low-income or unemployed who can't afford bband. And as some other reviews (industry mags) noted, a person traveling with a laptop might stay in a place w/no bband access so they'd have to use the phone line. Apparently that's a selling point for the above modem--it's very small, light, easy to carry.
Anway--how about dialup on Mint?
Edited by jon-9, 04 May 2010 - 10:04 AM.