[sf-lug] ISPs that are good for Linux

Thomas DiZoglio tomdiz at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 28 11:05:47 PST 2009

You should also mention that comcast will put baudwidth limiters on bittorrent connections and kill large downloads (i.e. > 1GB may die in middle of download). also, mention that you do not have a single line connection like DSL gives you. You share what is basically a LAN between you and the people in your neighborhood. So if you run a tcpdump you can see your neighbors data. This is also something to take into account. If someone in your neighborhood is taking a lot of bandwidth it effects your bandwidth and this isn't the same for a DSL connection. Basic DSL is 1MBit for $25 a month. You can get 6Mbit for $60 a month and $15Mbit for $100 and it is your own connection. No sharing with your neighbors. I think you should mention this. Cable is a lot easier to hack than a DSL connection if our neighbors want too. 

Essentially, it all depends on your usage and what you are willing to pay for. Cable works for a lot of people. Think about what your needs are then create a list of them and ask people based on your needs and cares.

--- On Tue, 1/27/09, Eric Walstad <ewalstad at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Eric Walstad <ewalstad at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [sf-lug] ISPs that are good for Linux
> To: sf-lug at linuxmafia.com
> Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 10:22 PM
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 9:47 PM, Thomas DiZoglio
> <tomdiz at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I use speakeasy.net for my ubuntu server box and
> macosx laptop. They work fine. Got 2 static IPs for ubuntu
> server and main wireless router.
> I used to be a satisfied speakeasy customer for a few
> years.  They
> were recently bought out by Best Buy after which the
> quality of my DSL
> and VoIP service got pretty bad, unusable at times.  I
> don't know if
> the buyout had anything to do with the degradation of
> service.  When I
> left Speakeasy I signed on with Comcast cable which has a
> good price
> for a business class cable connection.  Like Asheesh
> mentioned, my
> network is behind a router that is behind the Comcast modem
> so I have
> no trouble with my linux boxes.  Interesting to note that
> when Comcast
> installed their hardware they had me test the bandwidth
> using a
> Speakeasy tool[1].  The day they installed it,
> Comcast's inbound speed
> was 20x faster than Speakeasy's and the outbound was
> 7.5x faster[2].
> Shortly after, though, Comcast seems to have throttled back
> my inbound
> speed but it's still quite a bit faster than Speakeasy
> and for less
> money.  I don't have much experience with Comcast's
> tech support yet.
> That *was* what I really liked about speakeasy: I would get
> a clueful
> human on the phone when I called.  That seems to have
> changed.  While
> debugging my crappy DSL/VoIP service, the Speakeasy tech
> was stumped
> and at one point theorized that the problem was caused by
> the cash
> register in a nearby coffee shop.
> Eric.
> [1] http://speakeasy.net/speedtest/
> [2] values in kilobit/s
> speakeasy:
> 874 inbound  311 outbound
> comcast:
> 17,852 inbound  2321 outbound
> [3] date	inbound	outbound	days	% change
> 01/06/09	17852	2321			
> 01/13/09	6539	2282	7	-63.37%	-1.68%
> 01/14/09	6269	1845	1	-4.13%	-19.15%
> 01/16/09	6550	2338	2	4.48%	26.72%
> 01/22/09	5843	2193	6	-10.79%	-6.20%
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