ADSL support ?

Aleksandar Simic' alex at frustum.clara.co.uk
Tue Jan 9 09:27:55 GMT 2001


I did ask him. So I thought I'd share the answer with the you & the user
group.

He was very supportive but his hands are tied due to bureaucracy. There
will be Linux closed source driver released, so until problems start
popping up with it, nothing more can be done. :(

--Alex




Nick Hibma wrote:
> 
> Um, I dont think you want to ask me, you want to ask Johan. I;m not
> doing the politics on this one, and the information I have is very
> limited. So better suggest that to him.
> 
> Nick
> 
> On Mon, 8 Jan 2001, Aleksandar Simic' wrote:
> 
> >
> >
> > I think that there are a lot of people who will have a very diverse
> > and convincing arguments for the release of the drivers. So I would like
> > to ask, once the FreeBSD UKUG mail archive shows your email, can I post
> > a story at Daily Daemon News that would look something like this:
> >
> >
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > Arguments needed
> > ----------------
> >
> > It has emerged that specs have been released for Alcatel's Speed Touch
> > USB ADSL modem.
> >
> > So when is the driver going to be available, I hear you ask. Well, not
> > quite yet. It appears that the firmware, which is crucial to the modem,
> > is not available due to the fact that Alcatel aren't convinced that open
> > source driver is a good thing.
> >
> > If you can offer an argument as to why the release of the firmware would
> > be a good thing, then please read _this_*.
> >
> > *link to your email in the FreeBSD UKUG archive.
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >
> >
> > Thanks for your time,
> >
> > --Alex
> >
> >
> > Nick Hibma wrote:
> > >
> > > If you have a good pitch you could send it to the Johan Verrept, maybe
> > > he could do with some amunition. Johan.Verrept at alcatel.be. He is
> > > employed by Alcatel and doing his best, so don't bother him with the
> > > question 'when is it going to be available'. Only mail him if you can
> > > help him convince his bosses that releasing an open source driver, and a
> > > binary firmware free of restrictive licenses is good for business.
> > >
> > > Any FreeBSD related questions on the SpeedTouch/ADSL should go to
> > > taavi at uninet.ee, who promised to do the FreeBSD part of it.
> > >
> > > Cheers,
> > >
> > > Nick
> > >
> > > > Is there any way we can help ?  For example can we email somebody at
> > > > Alcatel, telling them that why releasing such things to "open
> > > > source community" is a good thing. Or anything like that ?
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > --Alex
> > > >
> > > > Nick Hibma wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Just verified: The specs seem to be available, but now the haggling is
> > > > > over the firmware (and you guessed it: without that you can't do
> > > > > anything).
> > > > >
> > > > > Nick
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sat, 18 Nov 2000, Nick Hibma wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > None so far. My contact at Alcatel did not have any luck in making the
> > > > > > specs and test devices available.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Nick
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On Tue, 31 Oct 2000, Aleksandar Simic' wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > Hello,
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > During the summer Nick Himba wrote an email addressing the
> > > > > > > progress of support for Alcatel's ADSL USB modem.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > I'm very curious about how is that effort progressing. If anybody has
> > > > > > > any news I would be very grateful if they could share it with the group.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Thanks,
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > --Alex
> > > >
> > >
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