Not all external modems are serial-connected, as you mention later. The problem was not with soft modems as much as with Winmodems. That has since changed. Editors can be easy or hard. For new people to linux, I would recommend Pico. People usually build Linux boxes thinking forward, not towards the past. Fuzzy -- Quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum videtur. Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes. Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur. Cras amet qui numquam amavit, quique amavit cras plus amet. Uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum. On Tue, 24 Sep 2002, Ray wrote: > 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> - 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.