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Date:      Mon, 17 Apr 1995 14:22:19 +0900
From: (HOSOKAWA Tatsumi)
Subject:   Re: support for Xircom PCMCIA Ethernet adapters?
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In-Reply-To: Your message of Sun, 16 Apr 1995 17:56:11 -0400 (EDT). <>

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In article <> writes:

>> Doesn't Linux have a driver supporting some Xircom hardware? I could have 

No.  There are no Xircom cards in the supported list of Linux PCMCIA
driver (2.4.5).

>> 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 

I heard that the president of Xircom hates free software by
philosophycal reasons.  They protect device driver from
reverse-engineering by encrypting the drivers, and I heard that they
won't give us any hardware information without exclusive contracts.

If I am wrong, please someone correct it.

>> 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.

	HOSOKAWA, Tatsumi              E-mail:
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	Department of Computer Science, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan

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