[svlug] Linux boycott?!?

Felipe Leme felipeal at iname.com
Sun Mar 4 16:08:02 PST 2001

I was trying to access some e-business sites (paypal and turbotax), but
I simply can't connect to them from my linux box, even though I can
access normally from work (using a winblows 2000 machine). I thought it
could be an ISP problem, but then I reboot my machine to winblows 98
(which is useful in these kind of emergencies :), and it worked fine,
even using netscape 4.7 (so it's not a IE 5 discrimination problem).

Here is what I get in my Mandrake 7.2/kernel 2.4.0-test9 box:


netscape -> immediately after typing the address, a windows pops up:
"Netscape's network connection was refused by the server www.paypal.com.
The server may not be accepting connections or may be busy. Try
connecting again later"

lynx -> time lynx www.paypal.com

Looking up www.paypal.com first
Looking up www.paypal.com
Making HTTP connection to www.paypal.com
Alert!: Unable to connect to remote host.

lynx: Can't access startfile http://www.paypal.com/
Command exited with non-zero status 255
0.01user 0.05system 0:03.18elapsed 1%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata
0inputs+0outputs (779major+325minor)pagefaults 0swaps

ping -> ping www.paypal.com
PING www.paypal.com ( 56 octets data
64 octets from icmp_seq=0 ttl=246 time=13.3 ms
64 octets from icmp_seq=1 ttl=246 time=16.5 ms
64 octets from icmp_seq=2 ttl=246 time=10.7 ms


netscape -> after a few minutes, I get a connection timeout message.
It's the same with ping and lynx, so it behaves as if the site is down

Does anyone has any clue of what's going on? Are these sites normally
available to you?

It could be a routing problem in my computer, as I use DHCP at windows
and 'manual' configuration at linux, but the parameters are the same as
what I got with DHCP (ip, gateway, netmask, etc...), so I don't think
that's the problem (and every other site works fine).


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