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SubjectRe: Winmodem support
On Sun, 16 Aug 1998, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
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> I don't think this is USR's fault, by the way. I think it's coming from
> Rockwell, the manufacturer which makes the chipsets for all of the
> Winmodems.

I don't think it's Rockwell. They make the chips for most all the
Modems. I mistakenly referred to them as TI (Texas Instruments) in
my earlier post.

I think that you will find that it's the code that runs on your ix86
that "they" are so concerned about. The whole damn modem is emulated!
It is not a real modem, it is a software emulation! It costs a lot
of Engineering hours to emulate a modem. The idea is to remove
hardware, which has a cost, and substitute software, which is "free"!
-- Pointy-haired management ideas here.

I think somebody can get an interface specification and even some
stripped-down emulation software without a NDA. The interested party
just needs to find the right manufacturer's representative. After all,
they DO want to sell these things.

The remaining question is; "Do we want to use these things?". I don't
even use Internal Modems. I don't like the idea of a phone-line
lightening strike finding its way to ground through my motherboard.
I'd much rather replace the modem. Yes, 20 years of running a BBS
taught me this.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.1.115 on an i586 machine (66.15 BogoMips).
Warning : It's hard to remain at the trailing edge of technology.

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