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Re: [vox-tech] Conexant (Rockwell) winmodems
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Re: [vox-tech] Conexant (Rockwell) winmodems

Rick --

I didn't mean to imply that linmodem.org was actually doing development,
only that I had been to their site a few times over the past year+ and
tried (unsuccessfully) to apply the Conexant drivers they had linked there.
I wish I had seen your page previously. They did not have a link to the
mbsi site, but I saw that you do. I was just happy to find a modem driver
that works.

I am not as sophisticated as most of you on this list. It is still a
daunting task for me to try to add a modem (internal or external) and
disable the builtin modem chip, then add a sound card and disable the chip
while continuing to be able to use the CD-ROM drives and other board level
services. While I wouldn't mind taking one internal modem card and swapping
it for another, ensuring that I safely navigate various IRQ and other
potential conflicts with a chip hard wired to the motherboard, I sometimes
feel that I know just enough to screw it up. It may not be as hard as I
think, but it has been easier for me to dual boot with Win98 to use the
modem, grabbing needed files from the windows partition, and going without

My point was that there are probably many people even less sophisticated
than me (though clearly not on this list) that could be helped / prodded if
drivers (even partially proprietary ones) were available for their
hardware. I had not considered your points previously, so I at least
understand now why some (many / most?) open source supporters would not
find this approach worthwhile to contribute their time.

HP took a very long time (in my opinion) to get on board and truly support
open drivers. Maybe this process is a little slower for Conexant.

-- Larry

At 01:57 AM 9/12/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Quoting Larry Ozeran (lozeran@clinicalinformatics.com):
>> Thanks for your comments. I have been to linmodem before and I was never
>> able to get any of the drivers there to work.
>Just to clarify, linmodems.org is just an information clearinghouse
>site, and doesn't develop winmodem drivers, only link to them.  I have
>my own summary of known winmodem drivers, at the end of
>My own view is that it's better in the long term to just write off the
>(tiny) cost of a winmodem and get a genuine hardware modem to use,
>instead.  (If nothing else, your time and trouble cost something.)
>> From my perspective, it is still a level of cooperation from
>> Conexant that didn't exist before.
>I don't see that:  Same proprietary code as before, except now they want
>to con the open source community to maintain wrapper layers for them.
>But views obviously differ widely.
>Cheers,   "This is mad, egotistical, sick, twisted, and stretches the
bounds of
>Rick Moen   good taste right off the tongue, past the uvula, and down around 
>rick@linuxmafia.com      the duodenum.  It has other merits, but that should 
>           indicate positive interest."  -- The Cube,
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