How to Build a Linux Leafsite
This WWW pages tells you how to create easily a "leafsite" (a computer without permanent connection to the Internet), saving money, but very powerful.
Using a terminal program you can't do too much - you can "telnet" to somewhere; but transferring binary data is somewhat difficult with it.
So we use a protocol allowing temporarily a full connection of our computer to the Internet: PPP (Point to Point Protocol). You get an own IP address while the connection is established. With this, you can use FTP or WWW browsers, for example.
Connections into the Internet cause bigger telephone bills, so we must do as much as possible "off line" - i.e. we should be able load down email and news, and read them after download without an active connection. This procedures are described here, too.
These pages contain a database file (which currently is very small) with the data of some providers. If you can add an entry I would be very pleased.
If you want to be told about the development of the i4l software you should subscribe to the isdn4linux mailing list (about 30 mails per day). Therefore you should send an email containing
subscribe isdn4linux <email@example.com>in the body to
firstname.lastname@example.org(no subject required). The folks talking there also speak English.