Subject: Re: Alcatel USB ADSL modem driver for linux released
To: None <>
From: Roger Brooks <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/23/2001 14:49:15
On Fri, 23 Mar 2001, David Brownlee wrote:

>On Fri, 23 Mar 2001, Chris Gilbert wrote:
>> Then they've provided a management utility, to do with hotplugging the modem
>> in I think, however I'm wondering if it provides other functionality, eg
>> uploads something to the modem (or am I just being cynical)?
>	I would be money the management utility loads the firmware onto
>	the modem - which means we will probably need to run it under
>	linux compatability (unless we can get source for that too).

I've sort of been following news about the linux driver, and ISTR Alcatel
saying that although they would release source code for the driver, this
wouldn't include the source for the modem firmware (which apparently has
to be downloaded when the device is initialised.

Now if only BT would get around to providing ADSL where I live (and if
it cost less than the current GBP 40 per month)!  Telewest cable modem
is cheaper at GBP 33 per month, but I can't actually get that either.


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