Frederick Noronha said on Wed, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:44:40PM +0530,:
> systems but we are forced to surf the net from
windows due to the non
> avalibity of drivers on GNU/Linux.The following is the list of soft/int
> modems we have.
Sure. we can understand the situation your friends are in. Ask them to
> Motorola SM56 Voice fax
> Motorola SM56 Speakerphone
As somebody said, grind these fine powder, and make tea or coffee of
these. If tea/coffee of finely ground Motorola SM56 modems gives you
the cramps, put them in a glass case, and keep them in the showcase of
your front room. If somebody asks, claim that the exhibit was in fact
gifted to you by your friend Mars. You will not be lying. I
promise. For all practical purposes, when it comes to support for SM
56 Modems, people at Motorola live in the Mars.
Motorola has discontinued support for Motorola SM 56 modems, but still
refuses to tell the world how these work. Intrestingly, Motorola
`proudly' advertises the ``world's first `linux' phone''.
> Conextant (Rockwell chipset)
Semi free (the non-free part is payment and non copyleft license +
crippled features) drivers are at mbsi.ca
I doubt if these would work with kernel version 2.5, coz I understand
that from here, way in which loadable modules work has been
> Dax int modems
> Intex int modems
> Ham int modem found on a Compac system
No idea. Check the chipset.
> I know the ideal answer would be get a
hard/ext modem,but pls
> understand that this is not possible.I am sure many ppl would
> like to find the same but cannot.
No choice here. Internal modems transfer the job of MODulation and
DEModulation to the processor; and the Kernel has to handle the job;
which simply cannot be done unless the chipset manufacturers are
prepared to work with the kernel developers.
> Also can u suggest some tips & tweaks to make
the system work
> faster.Most of us have old systems 2 to 4 yrs old like K6-2,K6-3,PIIs
> with a avg of 128Mb ram per system.
You really cannot make formula I cars out or bullock carts, can you??
You can use hdparm to tweak the hard disk parameters; reduce the
daemons running, etc. No generalised `one size fits all' answer is
really not possible. People hereabouts use PIIs @ 233 MHz, and seem to
be quite happy with that.
> One hack is to use a light and fast manager
Hey!!! Using a better window manager is not a `hack'!!! A better
`hack' is to work from the console ...
> GCC,JAVA,latest Kernel sources etc locally
Java is not free.
> It is indeed very sad that in India we do
not have a single
> local mirror of any distro or GNU/free software.China and Pak
> have them but why not India???.
It is indeed very sad that India, we do not have people who do a
google before asking questions. ... the mirrors are there ... just
look around; people do not just go around tom-toming existence of
mirrors ... the bankdwidth is simply tooo expensive ...
Debian, for example is mirrored at http://ftp.iitm.ac.in
Sure, it is good for `linux' of other distros were mirrored by
somebody; but if it is `freedom' ang `GNU/Linux' that you want, then
> Why don't the big company's donate
their old computers to NGOS
> and educational bodies. Wipe the data from its Hdd and install
> any of GNU/LINUX on it.Rather that just 'junk' them.
Few weeks back, a few corporates (yes, *corporates*) signed up on a
list for spreading a popular desktop environment. One of the minions
even wrote in, wanting how the corporate can help. One or two later,
the topic of participating in a popular event came up, and people
needed a few bucks (about 1/2 of what is paid to entry level
engg. graduates proficient in *GNU/Linux*) came up. The list suddenly
went silent ... and remains silent .... in spite of people
volunteering time and energy to man the exhibits.
One of the corporates is a *partner* in a kernel testing
consortium. Did any body know that?? Not me. Google told me so. The
corporates' web site is certainly silent on that. The consortium's
site, OTOH, gives this company a real prominent place ...
No idea what to expect from such corporate citizens of the GNU world.
(do I spy clouds for a flame war gathering???)
> to try to install gnome 2.4 from the source
on my red hat
> 9.0,after 3 days and 3 almost sleepless nights still no luck.I
> would have been ever grateful if I could just DL the RPM and
> install it.
May be, you were trapped in RDH. (RPM dependency hell). Try debian
My 2 ps.
Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,
'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,