Enda Hanrahan said:
> OK, I have to answer this one. First off, Compustore do NOT hire
> trained/qualified technicians or admins. They take newbie college graduates
> or people with a little experience, and train them on the job. Most
> enquiries we get are of the "Is that a good printer? Yes it is..." variety.
> How on Earth do you expect someone who never has to deal with networking or
> *NIX to answer questions like "What chipset does that network card use?". I
> mean, give me a break.
Yeah, I know, asking what the chipset was was a little optimistic ;)
... although I did ask if I could see the documentation for the cards (so
I could work it out myself), and the answer was "no". Basically, it's no
fun buying stuff as a Linux user unless you can be reasonably sure that
it's going to work, and it would be nice to be able to verify this end of
things before leaving the shop, whether or not the guy talking to you
knows it himself, or can just show you some documentation, or has some
well-known "safe" hardware . The impression I came away from
Compustore with, was that they were strictly Windows only, with maybe a
little bit of Mac on the side -- but Linux was not on the cards.
Also, just *selling* a Linux distro like Caldera, Corel or Red Hat is not
that tricky -- Game are doing it, as was pointed out earlier.
My mail is also partly a rant against the Windoze bias of the hardware
manufacturer BTW. They *do* seem to want to hide all the techie details,
as someone posted, so the outside of the box just says "yes! I'm a network
card, and I work with Windows!", which doesn't help us lot any.
Anyway, thx to everyone who posted regarding those cards' NE2K status, my
cheapo home network is getting closer to up-and-running status now,
 To tell the truth, there were a couple of 3c59x's there, but I'm
looking for something cheap, it's for home use after all ;)
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