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Re: change isdn4k-utils to optional



On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 10:17:56AM -1000, David Cantrell wrote:

> A random sampling of users at FUDCon Brno 2008 showed that ISDN isn't  
> really in use as much in Europe as previously thought.  When I asked  
> people at FUDCon, I was met with laughter, much like when you talk  
> about ISDN in the United States.

I think "previous thoughts" were correct.  ISDN was used a lot in some
countries (at least a lot in Germany and the Netherlands, for example)
*before* many people moved to broadband/DSL (recent statistics show
that in the Netherlands now 78% of all households has a broadband
connection).

> Are there any places out there still where ISDN is still more deployed  
> than PPP dial-ups or DSL?  Please comment on 
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=462126

I'm pretty sure ISDN is still used more than ordinary, analogue PPP
dial-ups in some countries, although PPP dial-ups (seen from the
viewpoint of a Linux system) are now used again for Bluetooth
connections with GPRS/UMTS phones ;-).

Having said this, I have no strong opinion on the original question,
whether ISDN should become optional or not.  But a "random sampling"
of FUDCon visitors is probably not a good statistical base for a
decision, as FUDCon visitors might be -- in general -- better
connected than the average user.

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