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Future Enhancements FAQ's

Are there any plans to support:

  1. PCMCIA devices?
  2. USB devices?
  3. SCSI drives?
  4. ZIP / JAZ / ORB / other removable drives?
  5. <BRAND X> network cards?
  6. Winmodems?
  7. modem multi-link?
  8. traffic shaping (a.k.a. bandwidth limiting)?

in future versions of Freesco?

1) PCMCIA?

Not officially.

PCMCIA devices can be used with Freesco using the compiled versions of the PCMCIA Card Services utilities, available from our pages.

2) USB?

No. This would require a different kernel, substantial work and would probably never fit on a floppy.

3) SCSI?

No.

4) ZIP / JAZ / ORB / Sparq other removable drives?

No.

Although in theory, it's quite possible, it needs not only the PPA module but also SCSI drivers which, as you can see by the SCSI question, aren't supported.

5) <BRAND X> network cards?

If you can find a driver for your card that can be compiled under Linux kernel version 2.0.38 as a kernel module, without needing special requirements (e.g. USB etc.) then all you need do is compile the driver and use it in Freesco. Otherwise, you shouldn't bother asking because the answer will most probably be no. Just to note, most network cards that have drivers which can work are already inside Freesco somewhere. New cards requiring new drivers and supporting Linux 2.0.x kernels are unlikely.

If you can find suitable drivers, it's quite likely that someone associated with Freesco could compile them for you. We've seen drivers for a satellite internet service which have been compiled and made an official package after someone finds suitable code.

6) Winmodems?

Officially No.

Unofficially, probably not. Definitely not until someone releases source code for a driver that can be compiled as a kernel module under Linux 2.0.38. Some Winmodems are starting to be supported under later kernels but without driver source code they cannot be recompiled. Even with the source code to these versions, it's a lot of work to backport such code and that's something you would have to do yourself. Also, it's possible that license restrictions may prevent such use of the manufacturers driver source code.

7) modem multi-link?

No.

Modem multilink is the process of connecting over more than one modem and phone line simultaneously in an attempt to increase bandwidth. Sadly, this must be supported by the ISP to work and very few have the necessary support.

Also, the bandwidth increase does not really justify the price of the extra hardware, lines, phone calls and ISP accounts making it impractical. Your money is much better spent on a better connection such as DSL and as such, you shouldn't expect support for this in Freesco.

8) traffic shaping (a.k.a. bandwidth limiting)?

Not at the moment.

Traffic shaping is the process of defining how much TCP/IP traffic can go over certain devices over time. This would be used to, for example, equally share the bandwidth of a slow modem across several network users. Unfortunately, this requires a kernel patch so is not compatible with current version of Freesco.

Theoretically, it isn't much work to add support for this but it would require a new kernel file, which means changing the Freesco disc, rather than being able to add it in as a package. See what future versions of Freesco may bring. It appears to be a much-requested feature so maybe demand may dictate it's inclusion in the next version of Freesco.

 

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