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New Zealand PC World: Linux Step by Step--Parts 1 & 2

Jul 01, 2003, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Geoff Palmer)

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From Part 2:

"If you installed Linux after last month's column you've probably already hit the major downer; no modem. The problem is that many of today's modems are partly software based and rely on drivers in the Windows operating system to make them work. Up until only a few years ago getting a so-called winmodem to work as a linmodem was a battle that involved wading through acres of technical documentation and experimenting with arcane Linux commands. These days however manufacturers are recognising that Linux users are starting to form a good part of their market and it's actually in their interest to release drivers--or at least reveal the workings of their chipsets so that the user community can create their own.

"From a user perspective there's been a major advance in diagnostic tools to help winmodem users find a working driver. Certainly one of the most prominent has to be scanModem. Its goal is to identify chipsets so that users 'can be directed to sources of potentially supporting software.' But does it perform? I put it to the test..."

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