Yes, you can do this... but you will still be annoyed with the method. Very annoyed, I would guess. The reason is dependencies. If you transfer a .deb file to your Mint machine, let's call it test.deb... you will need to run this command,Just a wondering.
Can I download a Deb package using another source to download it?
Then transferring it to my distro of Linux as it is incapable of connecting to the net.
The package will provide help in remedying that annoyance.
sudo dpkg --info test.debto see what dependencies are needed for that program to work. Then you will need to go get those .deb files and install first. But wait... those dependencies may have their own dependencies too. This can get very ugly, very fast, in some cases. But actually, this is the way things used to be done in the early days of Linux.
sudo dpkg -i test.debwould install our example file.
I don't either. I just checked my fresh install of Mint MATE, and it has pppoeconf installed, but not pppoe. I ran pppoeconf just for laughs, and it actually worked... it searched 2 network interfaces (wired and wireless) looking for a pppoe capable connection, but of course it failed because I don't have that type of connection available. (But you do!)I just don't get it?!