On Mon, 01 Apr 2002 22:45:03 GMT,
+> > On Mon, 01 Apr 2002 11:13:50 -0800,
+> > +> For years we've been *ing about "winmodems", and that they would
+> > +> never work with a Unix system because they relied on proprietary drivers
+> > +> that only Microsoft knows about.
+> > +>
+> > +> Now all of a sudden, Apple has the same thing! How did Apple manage to
+> > +> figure it out how to make them work?
+> > It isn't a unix problem, per se.
+> > It's always been a matter of who knows what about whom. I suspect that
+> > the hardware vendor is actually writing the drivers for Apple so they
+> > can sell more modems to Apple.
+> > And yes, a driver could be made for linux. For instance, certain
+> > lucent chipsets in winmodems are supported under linux. Why? because
+> > lucent decided that releasing binary drivers for linux wasn't a
+> > horrible idea.
+> iirc, somebody mentioned the chipset in the new ibook modems carries the
+> same chipset as other wintel notebooks. there are proprietary and
+> closed-source (aka binary) linux drivers for those chipsets, but they're
+> arch specific (i.e. for x86), and being closed-source, can't be ported to
+> personally, i'd pass a few bucks to somebody trying to scratch that itch.
+> i'd rather give $$ to a free-software project then to another manufactuer
+> for a piece of hardware i don't even need.
Personally, I'd rather buy hardware from people clueful enough to give
me what I want. This is the reason I despise internal modems in laptops,
since I don't get to *choose* what I get.
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