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SEUL: Hardware support for Linux
I just bought myself a Ditto 2GB Insider, which apparently isn't supported by
even the latest and greatest version of ftape (3.03a). This is because
Iomega ignored the author when he asked them for technical specs.
I've sent the following e-mail to the "editor" of the "iomega-zine" web site,
hopefully to reach a human (it appears some of them actually do...) and maybe
get them to start supporting Linux a little better. If nothing else, I just
want the specs for the tape drive I just bought, else I'll have to buy a
drive made by someone else (I guess I should've mentioned that...).
This is something we will need to focus on as part of our, well, PR and
marketing (it's a necessary evil). I don't know what the best way is to do
this, maybe compile numbers on how many people use Linux and would buy such
products if they were supported.
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I run Linux exclusively on all half-dozen machines I have at work and at home.
I recently purchased a Ditto 2GB Insider tape drive, but have just found in
the documentation for the Linux driver that it is not support. Apparently
the author of the package sent mail to you asking for information on the tape
format and other necessary technical details, but never heard back.
I have noticed that there are very few companies who actually intentionally
support Linux, and it appears that Iomega is not one of these. I'm
disappointed, but not surprised. Do note, however, that Linux is fast
becoming the OS of choice for people who become fed up with Microsoft's
ridiculous claims and horrendous software. I would caution anyone against
I would like to obtain the necessary technical specifications on the 2GB tape
drive in order to help write the necessary driver code. A second copy would
be useful, to send to the author of the package, in Norway.
You have some very good products out there, I would hate to see them lose
favor simply because of lack of support under non-Microsoft operating systems
(Microsoft is *not* the only game in town...)
aka Erik Walthinsen
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