The last time I read a Linux site about modems it was my understanding that a serial port was too slow to support a soft modem therefore an external modem that used a serial port almost certainly was a hard modem. The article went on to say a USB modem in some cases might be a soft modem. The article didn't say but I assume it was the increased speed of USB. I'd guess if that's true USB2 and Firewire could be either. I have read how to articles on setting up a soft modem for Linux and like most Linux how-to's I have read they seem to start in the middle. Never tell you how you get the file in the editor or how you actually use the editor or how you actually do the things they tell you to do. You spend days doing searches on terms like "comment out" but never find something that tells you how to actually do it. OK sorry for the rant <G> but that's why I think a hard modem is just easier to use. Plug it in and it works. I have also noticed that cheap computers that come with Linux usually have just an Ethernet card, no dialup modem but cheap computers with Windows usually have a dialup modem. Again pure guessing but I always figured that was because it was harder and/or more expensive to put a dialup modem in a Linux machine. P.S. I am not anti-Linux. I like Linux ....well maybe not Slackware but Caldera, Redhat, and Mandrake are good. <G> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Uncle Richard" <unclerichard@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 3:10 PM Subject: [24hoursupport] Re: modem question > > > "You do realize that winmodems come in external models, too, right?" > > No, not to my lnowledge in this part of the world. Tell me more please. > > "Only the cheaper brands fail to work with Linux. " > > My experience has been different, but the LINUX people are coming up with drivers for all sorts of > modems and many savvy modem makers are peovidinf LINUX drivers. > > Richard Innes > Auckland New Zealand > unclerichard@xxxxxxxxxxxx > > - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to > 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the > Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at > http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm. > > - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.