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The Register: Linux people petition Alcatel for USB ADSL drivers

Jan 25, 2001, 17:40 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

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"UK Linux users are demanding Alcatel release drivers to allow its SpeedTouch USB ADSL modem to work with the open source operating system. That, they claim, shouldn't be too hard: Alcatel already has Linux drivers but is refusing to release either binaries or source code."

"Support for Alcatel's SpeedTouch USB is essential because it's the modem bundled by BT to subscribers of its home ADSL service, BT Openworld Home 500. ... And since other ADSL providers are simply reselling BT's products, wherever you go, you're stuck for Linux support."

"The issue for Alcatel appears to be concern over the open source nature of the OS - it presumably feels that if it releases Linux drivers they too must be open source. That's an understandable perception, even though it's incorrect. Alcatel can easily release Linux drivers without exposing its intellectual property."

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