pppoeconf hard to setup

Bug #30037 reported by foampeace
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pppoeconf (Ubuntu)
Confirmed
Medium
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Bug Description

pppoeconf is hard to setup. A simpler script or gui method is needed that works properly. pppoe doesnt work properly with the pppoeconf script either with pon dsl-provider or at bootup. People who recieve the free shipit cds wouldnt appreciate this and be immediate turned off by the distro.

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Craig Sampson (ubuntu-psi-aus) wrote :

Is this in Breezy? If so, there is a bug in PPP thats probably giving you trouble if you have a DSL modem - also, as you've seen, dsl-provider is not launched successfully at bootup (in breezy).

I've struggled with this recently before filing some bug reports and moving on to Dapper, I didn't find pppoeconf difficult to use however (its just that ppp is broken).

What was your specific problem with the set up script?

Cheers,
Craig

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foampeace (bitkrom) wrote : Re: [Bug 30037] pppoeconf hard to setup

Craig
Thanks for answering, Just that i would have to do ifconfig eth0 up and then
pon dsl-provider to get it to work
it would be nice if some dsl providers supported ubuntu linux and had their
own dialin software. Didnt have much problem with the pppoe script but it
did take a lot of playing around with. I wonder how someone could go about
getting the dsl service providers to support linux or at least their own
dialin software.

On 1/31/06, Craig Sampson <email address hidden> wrote:
>
> Public bug report changed:
> https://launchpad.net/malone/bugs/30037
>
> Comment:
> Is this in Breezy? If so, there is a bug in PPP thats probably giving
> you trouble if you have a DSL modem - also, as you've seen, dsl-provider
> is not launched successfully at bootup (in breezy).
>
> I've struggled with this recently before filing some bug reports and
> moving on to Dapper, I didn't find pppoeconf difficult to use however
> (its just that ppp is broken).
>
> What was your specific problem with the set up script?
>
> Cheers,
> Craig
>

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Craig Sampson (ubuntu-psi-aus) wrote :

Hmm, yes, I agree its all become a bit too difficult and messy. I fully realised this recently when trying to set up DSL as the primary internet connection whilst having a set up but not running modem internet connection as well (as a backup for when DSL goes down).

Seems like whichever method you set up last gets to be your primary internet interface - so I ended up with a modem connection and DSL as backup (!!). Have not worked through this yet, but its sure not simple - too much going on in /etc/network/interfaces.

I'm probably breaking things because I'm using the terminal based pppoeconf as well as the gui based modem connection thingy (System->Administration/Networking), trying to do this really shows up a need for a centralised/unified way to set up network/internet/wireless interfaces as per your original bug report.

Cheers,
Craig

Changed in pppoeconf:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
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amichair (amichai2) wrote :

I think this should be high priority - the original bug described, that is.

I'd like to switch from Windows to Kubuntu, as well as introduce that option to friends. However, the first thing a home user wants to do is connect to the Internet, and most (I think) use DSL, mainly via PPPoE.

I was quite disappointed to not be able to "just select <appname> from the menu" and get it connected. More so to tell this to the less computer-savvy users.

I don't know this system well enough to know whether this should go in KNetworkManager, KPPP, or a new similar KPPPoE (or whatever you'd name it), but I think this is a must. And preferably, this GUI app would have:

1. a dialog configuration
2. a wizard (for real newbies)
3.a tray icon which shows connection status and allows u to easily connect/disconnect, similar to the way it works in Windows (or wireless in KNetworkManager)...
4. this should possibly even be part of the k/ubuntu installation process - asking how u connect to the internet (LAN, ADSL, dialup, etc.) and helping u set up the connection as necessary.

Has there been any progress since the previous post?

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