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Chapter 8. Printers and Other Hardware > Modems versus Winmodems

Modems versus Winmodems

Way back when, in the introductory chapter, I mentioned Winmodems as one of the few minuses of running Linux. You'll recall that Winmodems are modems designed to work only with Windows. They are sometimes referred to as software or controllerless modems and tend to be less expensive than controller-based modems.

If you are running a Winmodem, all is not lost. The Linux community is nothing if not resourceful. Even when manufacturers are slow to notice Linux users, the same isn't true the other way around. As more and more people run Linux, this becomes less and less of a problem. In time, hardware manufacturers may be building for Linux first and Windows second. In the meantime, check out the Linmodems.Org Web site at http://www.linmodems.org and you should be up and running shortly.


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