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[News] FON Chooses Linux for Its Wireless Routers

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Fonera 2.0 powered by Linux

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| The upcoming Fonera 2.0 802.11g wireless router from FON uses Linux as its 
| embedded OS and includes several new features. The Fonera 2.0 allows FON 
| community members, refered to as Foneros, to share their internet connection, 
| in effect providing a 'public' hot-spot, in return for reciprocal free 
| roaming Wi-Fi access from other Foneros. FON even provide an opportunity to 
| make money because non-members can buy Wi-Fi access by purchasing a FON 
| Access Pass. Whenever this happens FON credit the owner of the hot-spot with 
| 50 per cent of the revenue (via PayPal). FON is supported by BT and the new 
| BT Home Hub wireless routers, are also FON capable. In addition BT FON 
| members have access to BT Openzone Hotspots.         



FON is Dropping Microsoft, Adopting Ubuntu

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| As of today Fon will disengage from Microsoft and adopt Linux in the
| Ubuntu form as our operating system of choice. 


Adios Microsoft!

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| Ubuntu imported most of my pictures, music, and documents from Windows.
| There were some oddly named folders it missed. This was not problem as
| I was able to easily retrieve them when the setup was complete. I
| haven't reinstalled everything I normally use but all the major
| applications "just worked" after upgrading. I know this sounds
| like an advertisement for Ubuntu, I guess it is. I'll continue
| using it and report back on my progress.



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| It had a pirated copy of XP Professional on it so I formatted the
| drive. Then I thought I'd give Ubuntu another try. Well I loaded it
| up and quite honestly I still don't see what all the fuss is about it.
| So I installed PCLinuxOS which runs quite well. But I was poking around a
| few sites and downloaded SUSE 10.2 and installed that instead. Wow! What
| a difference and I have to say so far this is the best version of Linux
| that I've used yet though PCLinuxOS is close behind.


Steal This Wi-Fi

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| A company called Fon has an interesting approach to this problem. Fon 
| wireless access points have two wireless networks: a secure one for you, and 
| an open one for everyone else. You can configure your open network in 
| either "Bill" or "Linus" mode: In the former, people pay you to use your 
| network, and you have to pay to use any other Fon wireless network. In Linus 
| mode, anyone can use your network, and you can use any other Fon wireless 
| network for free. It's a really clever idea.      

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