Subject: 3COM PCI driver Re: Dell and Linux
From: "Don Soegaard" <don@soeg.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 19:35:25 -0800
Sun, 13 Jan 2002 19:35:25 -0800
In regard to winmodems -- it seems there should be a class action lawsuit against computer
manufacturers who sell computers without providing a clear and definite warning to the
public, that the computer is not a genuine PC, but instead a Microsoft box, equiped
with proprietary equipment (winmodem) which will not operate on other systems.

Considering the lawsuits and Federal court actions about Microsoft's supposed monopoly
in other areas -- which affect developers -- it seems that the proprietary nature of
winmodems -- which may prove to be the most insideous method of holding back the tide
of GNU/Linux on the PC -- is something that definitely harms the buying public.

Somehow, the rallying cry has to grow -- until vendors provide compatible drivers --
that the inclusion of a winmodem with a PC -- makes it a limited utility product.  


In regard to winmodems -- it seems there should be a class action lawsuit against computer manufacturers who sell computers without providing a clear and definite warning to the public, that the computer is not a genuine PC, but instead a Microsoft box, equiped with proprietary equipment (winmodem) which will not operate on other systems.
 
Considering the lawsuits and Federal court actions about Microsoft's supposed monopoly in other areas -- which affect developers -- it seems that the proprietary nature of winmodems -- which may prove to be the most insideous method of holding back the tide of GNU/Linux on the PC -- is something that definitely harms the buying public.
 
Somehow, the rallying cry has to grow -- until vendors provide compatible drivers -- that the inclusion of a winmodem with a PC -- makes it a limited utility product.