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- May 2005
Barrier to Linux Adoption
i am posting this message in the hope that someone (or some group) might be able to do something regarding my (our) problem.
the issue is on the widespread use of winmodems in our country (and in most of the developing countries). while people from the us/europe and developed countries have broadband access, most of the users from the rest of the world depend on dial-up using modems. and more often than not, winmodems. why, because winmodems are dirt cheap (US$7), and because of that, comes in almost all computers that are sold, whether notebooks or desktops. and the most common chipset for them is conexant.
as most of you know, conexant winmodems don't work right off the box of any linux distro. you can get from the net drivers for the 2.4 kernel, but not for 2.6. you would have to buy the driver from linuxant for US$14.99, or get an external (serial) modem for around US$25. to me, and i believe others, it is frustrating that i could get the OS practically free by downloading it, but i couldn't get a piece of hardware to work for free. and i guess this frustration is shared by so many more who have given up on a wonderfully promising software just because the modem won't work.
i am a newbie, though i have tried several distros. i have made my conexant winmodem work in red hat/mandrake using 2.4 kernels. i am now testing ubuntu, and since it using kernel 2.6, i couldn't get it to work. i have decided to pay for the linuxant driver, but i need to download the kernel source. but how can i download the source, when i couldn't get my modem to work?
so i hope there would be some people out there who could take the extra effort to build drivers for conexant modems. they are here to stay for a long time, and will continue to be a barrier to linux adoption by the average user.
05-04-2005 #3Originally Posted by budman7
If you are concerned, why not get a petition together and send it to the manufacturer. On your own you are a fanatic, in a small group you are a faction ... in your 100s or 1000s you are an organisation
What's interesting is that most people assume that organisations are usually 'for profit'. This is not always true ... America is particularly good in this way, and the UK Government are apparently very interested in learning from the US 'not for profit' model which helps to keep that big place 'over the pond' from self destructing. :oI am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
Re: Barrier to Linux AdoptionOriginally Posted by adajar99
Until companies that make these devices either release Linux drivers or release the specifications necessary for the open-source community to make their own, there really is no other legal avenue for drivers like these to be made. As was suggested earlier, don't bother asking the community to make drivers that they simply cannot make, instead encourage the companies that make these devices (either with petitions or otherwise) to make Linux drivers or make the necessary information availabe to OSS developers.Registered Linux user #270181
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Have you tried ndiswrapper? It makes my wireless card windows driver work in linux.