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Doesn’t work with Linux My ASS

I found the following on my “new” and “improved” cable company Wave Broadband:

Will Internet service from Wave Broadband work on any brand of computer?

Yes. High Speed Cable Internet service can be used on any brand of computer (PC or Mac). It will work with most operating systems except Linux, Unix or Windows 95.

What an absolute crock of #@$%@#$%#@$%@#$%@#$%@#$! Their own @%^@%^#$^@ servers run Linux! Want some proof? Here:

[email protected] dwelch $ telnet 80
Connected to
Escape character is ‘^]’.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 07:59:19 GMT
Server: Apache/2.0.40 (Red Hat Linux)
Last-Modified: Sat, 12 Jul 2003 22:17:09 GMT
ETag: “4d8004-1624-cd84340″
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Length: 5668
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1

Connection closed by foreign host.

For even further proof, let’s give nmap a shot at fingerprinting a different server:

[email protected] dwelch $ sudo nmap -sS -O -p 25,80,110,888

Starting nmap 3.50 ( ) at 2004-02-26 00:06 PST
Interesting ports on (
25/tcp open smtp
80/tcp open http
110/tcp open pop3
888/tcp closed accessbuilder
Device type: general purpose
Running: Linux 2.4.X|2.5.X
OS details: Linux Kernel 2.4.0 – 2.5.20

Uptime 4.485 days (since Sat Feb 21 12:28:42 2004)

Nmap run completed — 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 4.923 seconds

Every day I use the Internet from more than one Linux computer. My firewall protecting several of my Linux and Windows PCs is a Linux
computer. I have logged almost two years of running Linux and Unix-type computers over my cable modem. Many home routers people buy run an embedded Linux. Why do all of these computers work? Because they follow open, well-documented standards. Anything with a half-way decent IP stack and DHCP client will run on a cable modem service. Hell, I bet you could get a Commodore 64 on the Internet with the right hardware or software — wait, that’s already been done.

Now I can understand the company not wanting to support Linux, Unix, Windows 95, or Commodore 64 users. Perfectly
understandable. But to say these computers are unable to use their Internet service is an absolute, bald-faced lie. What they should say
is something like the following:

Will Internet service from Wave Broadband work on any brand of computer?

Yes. High Speed Cable Internet service can be used on any type of computer running any operating system that supports TCP/IP, DNS, and DHCP. However, our support staff can only provide assistance for customers running the following operating systems: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.

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