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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/ 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..."

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