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Verizon DSL vs Comcast Cable

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On Fri, 20 Feb 2004 12:20:13 -0500
gbburkhardt at wrote:

> After living in the boonies with a dialup connection after
> all these years, I finally
> can get a higher speed Internet connection.
> So what's the latest scuttlebutt?  Should I get Verizon DSL
> for $35/month, 320 kbps,
> or Comcast cable, $42/month, 4 mbps down/384 kbps up?
> Is one more Linux friendly than the other, or do the both
> hide behind Microsoft?
FWIW, I'd go with Comcast. The cable modem connection is straight
ethernet/IP. Verizon DSL is PPoE. Linux has no trouble with either. I do
recommend an external Cable modem router (or more sophisticated
firewall). There is a lot of port scanning going around, and even with
Linux' good firewall protection, the port scans and attacks on port 80
et. al. take up CPU time, and your firewall software logs it all. 

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