Some 75 towns across New South Wales have started accessing the Internet through Linux-based satellite routers in what is said to be largest network of its type in Australia spanning upwards of 800,000 square kilometres.
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In 1999 when Telstra began its satellite service we used routers from the US but they were unsatisfactory for Australian conditions, Cover said. We also tried to develop an interface with Windows but got too frustrated as [we found it] too unstable.
Ursys routers use Debian GNU/Linux as the base operating system and developed a networking application suite for it in Sydney.