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Freespire & Navani Ripwave Modem

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:42 pm
by ewan

I've just had installed by a friend a 2nd PC with Freespire (Linux) OS for safer surfing purposes.
My present knowledge of this OS & unix/linux is almost nil.

Whilst my friend set the PC up at his place & the OS saw his cable Internet service without any problems connecting & surfing the net with out problems, upon returning home to use Internet with my Exetel (Unwired) Wireless Internet service with the Navini modem I found that I couldn't get the Internet to work. I'm flying blind.

From my research I believe I was required to Install a program file: rp-pppoe-3.10.tar.gz from the Roaring Penguin website to get the system to recognise the PPPoE protocol that the Nanini/Unwired network uses.

I've unzip the program, but probably in the wrong place & as for the actual application, running it, where to put,how to configure it I have no idea.

I'm out of my depth here with Freespire/Linux & how to use this OS & the file to get the system to connect to the Internet.

I would welcome any assistance provided.

Do I need to delete pre-existing connection. How to do?

Any step by step instructions appreciated. I am a technician by trade so if anybody has the patience/knowledge required to assist I should be able to follow.

I look forward to hearing from someone.


Re: Freespire & Navani Ripwave Modem

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:17 pm
by Dazzled
You've been thrown in at the Linux deep end.

Despite its pretensions, administering Freespire is not as easy as some other distros. All linux distros are built on a common base, but it is in the integration of the desktop and the ease of non-professional administration that they part company. A distro built for Sysadmin's use will expect terminal command competence. A distro for ordinary domestic end users should not.

The file you downloaded is an archived bundle of programmer's source files, written in C, commonly called a tarball. You will probably have a GUI archiver in your system, so look into it (or even burst it) and note that there are several files containing documentation, for you to actually build this software.

You might look up how to use the terminal to build software. You should check out ./configure You will see it used in the shell script named "go" which, if set executable, is purported to do the job. You will need a terminal with root permission.

If you can, as you have just started out, I would recommend that you change to a more consumer-friendly distro like Ubuntu Hardy Heron, where there is an enormous repository of precompiled and configured modules that install at the click of a mouse and then just work. If you download the bootable, live CD (it is at ... ses/hardy/) you can give it a try, without necessarily installing. Naturally while running from a CD, rather than a hard drive, it is not quick, but that will change if you install it.

on the other hand, if you really must install tarballs, post again.

Edit: If you need to be online in a hurry, get yourself a copy of the mini-distro, Puppy, which I understand has Roaring Penguin already installed with a setup wizard. It runs in RAM and is very very quick.

Re: Freespire & Navani Ripwave Modem

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:29 pm
by Dazzled
A further thought. Surely pppoe is already installed in any modern distro. Have a look in your Control Centre and see if it is a Network Settings option.