NewsForge: Wal-Mart PC Provider to Correct Linux Modem Problem
May 02, 2002, 19:00 (59 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)
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"On Monday, we published the article, "Installing Linux On a
Wal-Mart OS-less machine." The review was positive overall, but it
highlighted a problem: that the modem included in the machine has
no functional Linux driver.
"Less than three days later, the builder of the Wal-Mart
systems, Microtel Computer Systems, announced that it has heard the
voice of the Open Source community and will soon begin shipping
Linux-compatible modems in its Wal-Mart PC packages.
"Wal-Mart recently began offering Microtel PCs without Windows
pre-installed to people who intend to use non-Windows operating
systems like Linux and FreeBSD. In the April 29 NewsForge/Linux.com
review, the modem tested is a Lucent software modem, identified as
a type 048C. While there is a driver that works for many Lucent
modems, the driver does not include support for this model, which
is based on the SV92P chip..."