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SubjectRe: Winmodem support
On Fri, 14 Aug 1998, Craig Schlenter wrote:

> On Fri, 14 Aug 1998, Chris Zwilling wrote:
> [snip]
> > I just wanted to put in 1.44^2 cents here... I hope that there isn't
> > anyone working on a Winmodem driver. I feel that there are better things
> > to waste time on - like coming up with a standard for sound card
> > programming. Winmodems in general (IMHO) are a brain dead design. I have
> > yet to see a piece of software do as good or better job than hardware.
> > This also applies to Winprinters and anything else Win.
> It may not be an issue for _you_ but taking the moral or technical high
> ground and saying there are more virtuous issues to work on or better
> solutions doesn't change the fact that I have to boot win95 to connect to
> the Internet right now from my machine at home.
> The more hardware support we have for linux, the better things will be

This doesn't actually get us around the issue that winmodem vendors have
been historically unwilling to release the specs of their products... The
joy of regular modemsand serial isp adapters is that other than a few
ancilliary issues such as hardware versus software flow control we don't
have to care how they work, we just set the serial port speed, number of
data bits and stop bits, issue a couple at commands and away you go. You
don't care about what the modem does inside and the only hardware you have
to support is an rs232 serial port which is both well understood and
extremely well documented...

> If someone is thinking of starting up a winmodem project, I'll try to help
> in whatever limited way I can.
> Just my 0.02c too.
> --Craig
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