DOS Linux and dsl?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Tue Nov 14 15:26:15 UTC 2006

Good morning,
That is terrific.
I still use DOS by choice mind you so consider it a grand thing not a 
Your explanation is perfect.  I have one  additional question though.
Is there a way to work directly from DOS, say use the network card and 
connect to the dSL modem only?
You may have included this option but if not can you illustrate this?
Presently I use nettamer with earthlink to telnet to my shellworld 
account, so clearly a 
direct from dos to dsl connection would be fastest of all most likely.
Thanks for your wisdom, and do not feel you have to defend your use of DOS 
many all over the world still use it and are spared the frustrations and 
cost factors associated with windows dependency.

On Tue, 14 Nov 2006, Martin McCormick wrote:

> Karen Lewellen writes:
>> Granted before I can work on this I should have a Linux setup outside of
>> my
>> shellworld account. Still i am wondering if anyone is using DSL well with
>> speech either in DOS Linux or both? Ages ago I saw a script to allow for
>> it
>> in DOS, and am wondering if this is done via networking the dos and Linux
>> machines together?
> 	There is no one correct answer to this question.  A
> number of us use older computers that can't run Linux by
> themselves but will run DOS.  This supports our speech and
> whatever communications software we like to use.  That box,
> however, doesn't end up doing much else because we connect to a
> Linux box either by serial cable to a RS-232 port on the Linux
> box or by Ethernet networking.  It's like having a dial-up shell
> account without the dial-up.
> 	You can install a package called roaring penguin which
> is a piece of Linux software designed to interface with a DSL
> modem.
> 	Another thing you can do is to buy a network router of
> the type used by people who are setting up home networks.  This
> usually has a small router that takes care of the details of
> logging you in to your DSL connection and also has a number of
> ports on it in to which you can plug other Ethernet devices such
> as other computers.
> 	You either have to know a bit about networking or know
> somebody who does to make one of these things work, but they are
> a good way to get a Linux system on to DSL.  You then just use
> your old talking P.C. to access the Linux box.  From there, use
> ssh and lynx or the l i n k s browser on your Linux platform to
> do all your real communications.
> 	I hope this isn't too confusing, but it really isn't that
> hard.  The old talking P.C. connects to the Linux machine.  The
> Linux machine connects to the router/switch and that connects you
> to both the world with all its excitement and occasional danger
> and your local network.
> 	If your talking P.C. has a working Ethernet setup and you
> have telnet or better yet, SSH, you can use that to access the
> Linux system.
> 	There are also the various access solutions that give you
> a direct Linux console that talks or drives a Braille display
> right from your Linux computer.  That involves less equipment
> than does the use of a talking terminal, but it is a little
> harder to get working right in some cases.  Again, you can use
> either a home network router and switch or the roaring penguin
> package on your Linux system to access the DSL modem.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group

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