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Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop by Sam Hiser, Tom Adelstein

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Connecting by Dial-up Modem

To use your dial-up modem, you must first tell JDS that you have a PC modem. Click Launch Preferences System Hardware, and you will see a screen similar to Figure 4-2.

Step 1 in configuring your modem

Figure 4-2. Step 1 in configuring your modem

When you select the Modem icon, you may see a prompt for the root password. If so, enter it as root. The Java Desktop System Configuration Assistant will begin a process to detect your modem. After the detection process, you’ll see a screen similar to Figure 4-3, which shows the name of the name and make of the modem. In this example, the system found a U.S. Robotics modem compatible with Linux.

Modem autodetected

Figure 4-3. Modem autodetected

If you select the Configure button, you will see a screen similar to Figure 4-4. You will need to open this screen if you require a prefix such as 1 or 0 to get an outside line. Only facilities with PBX phone systems require you to use this option.

Adding a dial prefix

Figure 4-4. Adding a dial prefix

Adding Your ISP Information

Figure 4-3 shows an area titled Already Configured Devices. If you select the Change button, you have the opportunity to enter your information from your Internet Service Provider.

JDS provides you with a list of service providers, which may include one to which you already subscribe. Figure 4-5 illustrates the screen you will see after pressing the Change button.

List of Internet Service Providers

Figure 4-5. List of Internet Service Providers

To find your ISP on the list of providers, or if you wish to choose one with whom to sign up, select Next, and a screen like the one in Figure 4-6 assists you in gaining access to an ISP.

Selecting a Service Provider

Figure 4-6. Selecting a Service Provider

To configure your dial-up account, you will need the information in the sidebar Configuring a Static Address. In the screen shown in Figure 4-7, enter:

  • Your ISP’s local access phone number

  • Your Username and Password

Entering your personal information

Figure 4-7. Entering your personal information

Select the Next button on the lower right. This shows the screen in Figure 4-8, where you need to enter your ISP’s DNS servers.

Adding your ISP’s DNS information

Figure 4-8. Adding your ISP’s DNS information

Next, you will need to complete the screen for your ISP mail services. The Information you need includes:

  • The incoming mail server address, such as pop3.isp.net or mail.isp.net.

  • The outgoing SMTP mail server address. That might have the same address as the incoming mail server, or something such as smtp.isp.com.

Once you have completed setting up your modem and ISP connectivity, you will see the Java Desktop Configurator saving the modem configuration. Figure 4-9 provides a screenshot of what you will see as JDS completes this task.

Configuring mail services

Figure 4-9. Configuring mail services

Modem sessions

JDS uses a program called WvDial to reach the Internet. If you activate the Dial on demand feature as shown in Figure 4-8, your Internet connection starts automatically. For example, when you enter a web address in Mozilla or start email, your system will dial up your Internet provider.

Once you dial up, you remain connected to the Internet. If you do not have unlimited access and need to manage your hours, you may not want to dial in automatically. In that event, you can use WvDial through a terminal.

To initiate a terminal session, select Launch Applications System Tools Terminal, type the command:


and press Enter. You should see a dialog similar to the one shown in Figure 4-10.

Running WvDialer in terminal mode

Figure 4-10. Running WvDialer in terminal mode

After connecting to the Internet successfully, you can start using your browser, email, instant messaging, and other Internet utilities.

If you wish to end your connection to the Internet, type:

kill wvdial

in another terminal and your session will end.

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