I've been using Linux exclusivly for quite some time now. But just
recently with the purchase of a new modem (USR V.everything) a question
popped into my head. Why is it that I was able to set the jumpers to
com-X IRQ-X, plug it in, and have it work under linux with no changes
(other than changed reset string from ATZ to AT&F1). But... If I plug
it in and use windows, I'm expected to install a new driver, and setup
the modem with new software? I've been logging in at 49333 (odd number)
out of the box under linux. Why doesn't windoze just point to some
serial device like /dev/modem does?
Who's brainchild was that winmodem piece of crap? I don't mind paying
a little extra for a real modem. The money you save with the winmodem
goes into the PnP headache fund. I admit it, I'm a slave to jumpers.
But then again, I actually took the time to understand what they mean.
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