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Date:      Sun, 16 Apr 1995 17:56:11 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Network Coordinator <nc@ain.charm.net>
To:        HOSOKAWA Tatsumi <hosokawa@mt.cs.keio.ac.jp>
Cc:        todd@water.eng.mcmaster.ca, questions@FreeBSD.org, hackers@FreeBSD.org, hosokawa@mt.cs.keio.ac.jp
Subject:   Re: support for Xircom PCMCIA Ethernet adapters?
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSF.3.91.950416175405.15001A-100000@ain.charm.net>
In-Reply-To: <199504161952.EAA11376@remington.mt.cs.keio.ac.jp>

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On Mon, 17 Apr 1995, HOSOKAWA Tatsumi wrote:

> >> Is there support for the PCMCIA Xircom Creditcard Ethernet Adapter IIPS
> >> in FreeBSD-2.0, or is anyone working on implementing it?  Would it be 
> >> compatible with any of the supported PCMCIA Ethernet adapters?  If anyone 
> >> is working on support for it, I'm willing to test.  Alternatively, I could
> >> work on this project if I had the proper technical documentation.
> 
> I heard Xircom hates free software, and I've not heard that their
> policy had changed.  So you won't read any technical documentation as
> long as you want to use it for free software.
> 

Doesn't Linux have a driver supporting some Xircom hardware? I could have 
sworn I have seen those running around. Moreover, I still haven't figured 
out why companies that make *hardware* hate free software? Its not like 
making free software will reduce the purchases or profit margins of their 
hardware, in fact, it will probably increase them. [software doesn't make 
much sense without hardware]. --How could we run FreeBSD without several 
megabytes of RAM? Texas Instruments and/or Micron aren't going to say 
their chips aren't designed to be used with free software.

Ah well...

-Jerry.




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