The Worst Thing About Oktoberfest: O2
Phoronix: The Worst Thing About Oktoberfest: O2
The worst problem with Munich's Oktoberfest is not related to the beer or drinking too much of it (at least not from my perspective, with being able to properly and responsibly consume Augustiner), but rather having to deal with O2 Germany, the European tele-communications company...
Who would have guessed that during an event, where many foreign visitors are attempting to get temporary internet access, a technology based on a shared medium would get somewhat slow?
Not trying to defend O2, but unfortunately I doubt you'll have a better experience with the competitors during oktoberfest. They're not very inclined to extend their network for a temporary load peak.
Next year, maybe try to get a hotel with free wireless?
Btw, is that a mac you're using? Shame on you!
E-Plus: Shit network, but cheap
O2: average network, average price
T-Mobile & Vodafone: good networks, expensive
That's how we roll in Germany. I hear it's a lot worse in the USA (with Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile/AT&T).
Most networks struggle in Edinburgh during festival time, I also think your dongle should work under linux using network-manager in conjunction with modem-manager, I've got a few lying round the house including the old PCMCIA cards too
try to get a private living room over "couch-surfing" then you maybe get A-DSL/A-DSL2/VDSL or Kabel with 6mbps up to 100mbps.
but in public room and streets Germany is the INTERNET hell.
use compressed ssh wrapped connection from your PC