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Chapter 9. Connecting to the Internet > Connecting to the Net with a Modem

Connecting to the Net with a Modem

Most ISPs provide dial-up access through the Point-to-Point Protocol, or PPP. The KDE program that gets you connected to the Internet with a modem is called kppp. On a standard KDE setup, you'll find it, under Kicker's big K, by choosing the Internet menu and then clicking Internet Dialer. On Mandrake, look under Networking and then Remote Access; Red Hat has it under Extras and Internet. You can always just start the application with the command kppp & from an X window terminal session or by using your old friend, the <Alt+F2> combo—once again, just type kppp.

Tip

You may have noticed in the preceding paragraph that I added an ampersand (&) to the end of the kppp command. When you start a command from a shell prompt, it normally runs in the foreground. What this means is that you can't start another process at the shell until the current one finishes (you could, of course, open up another shell). The ampersand tells the shell to put the process in the background so that you can run other things.



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