Subject: Re: PPPoA?
To: Nick Hudson <>
From: Nick Hibma <>
List: tech-net
Date: 02/06/2001 10:21:14
There is no news wrt to the SpeedTouch modem. I've seen on The Register
that the Linux gang has made some noise about the fact that there are no
drivers for the SpeedTouch for Linux. Alcatel is making a fool of

I've spoken to Johan at the beginning of Jan. and he was negative about
the possibility of an open source driver. If anything is going to be
done, most probably Taavi Talvik <> is the first one to
ask for an update. He promised to write the driver once the specs are
available. Once that is done, porting it to NetBSD should be


On Mon, 5 Feb 2001, Nick Hudson wrote:

> Brian Somers wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > On 02 Feb 2001 10:22:43 +0000, wrote:
> [...]
> > > >  My company ( previously offered to provide support
> > > >  for NetBSD/FreeBSD/OpenBSD/Linux driver developers for the Alcatel,
> > > >  but noone stepped forward[1].
> > >
> > > Where on earth did you offer? I'm a Demon customer and NetBSD developer and
> > > I'd love to see an Alcatel Speedtouch driver for NetBSD. Last rumour I heard
> > > was that BT put a stop to the OpenSource driver being developed by an
> > > Alcatel engineer. Alcatel are currently saying there are going to offer a
> > > closed source driver - I guess for Linux only.
> >
> > I believe the guy that wrote the linux USB driver is porting it to
> > *BSD.  Nick Hibma, who does a fair bit with USB on FreeBSD (cc'd)
> > knows the details - any comments Nick ?
> If you mean Johan Verrept then I've just looked at his home page again and all
> that exists now is a picture of a penguin on top of a SpeedTouch modem. I got
> the rumour above from his homepage about a month ago.
> > User-ppp (pkgsrc/net/userppp) has support for PPPoA, but I must admit
> > that I've never looked at the code in detail except to see if it'd
> > break anything else.  Given working USB/atm support, I know of two
> > people here in the UK that have promised to give Nick & I access to
> > their ADSL/ATM setup, so finishing things off should be trivial...
> Interesting. I'd have a look if I had an ATM interface to play with...
> Nick
> --
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