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21. Free Software for Commercial Hardware

This section covers free Linux software (e.g. drivers) for specialized hardware.

21.1 Stallion Technologies Multiport Serial Boards

Description:

Stallion provides Linux support for its EasyIO and EasyConnection range of multiport cards. EasyIO is available with either 4 asynchronous serial ports with RJ45 connectors, or 8 asynchronous serial ports with RJ45 or DB25 connectors. EasyIO supports data rates of up to 145 Kbits/sec or 460 Kbits/sec per port (depending on the model) and full modem signaling. Drivers are available for most Intel-based operating systems, including Linux. EasyIO is available for the ISA bus.

EasyConnection is an expandable multiport solution that provides from 8 to 64 asynchronous serial ports in 8 or 16 port increments. Both RJ45 and DB25 connectors are available. Features include full surge suppression, full modem signaling, and data rates of up to 145 Kbits/sec or 460 Kbits/sec per port (depending on the panel version). Drivers are available for most Intel-based operating systems, including Linux. EasyConnection is available for the ISA, EISA and PCI bus.

Distribution media:

Internet (FTP).

Licensing policy:

The Linux driver is available at no charge and is copyrighted under the GNU General Public License. Source code is provided.

OS provisions:

The most current driver supports all 2.0.x kernel versions. The drivers are updated regularly to keep pace with kernel changes.

Documentation:

Hardware reference documentation provided with the boards. The Linux driver package contains a README file with driver installation and usage information.

Product support:

Stallion Technologies now fully supports the Stallion board Linux drivers. Software updates are available from the Internet. Stallion also provides technical support for the hardware. Contact Stallion support for assistance.

Available since:

October, 1994.

Countries with distribution:

World wide distribution. Available in most countries.

Price range:

Prices for the serial boards vary from country to country. Contact your nearest Stallion Technologies office for local availability and pricing. The driver package contains a file with contact information for all Stallion Technologies offices.

Vendor:

Stallion Technologies Pty Ltd.

2880 Research Park Drive, Suite 160
Soquel, CA 95073
U.S.A.

Phone:

+1 800 347 7979

Fax:

+1 408 477 0444

EMail:

info@stallion.com

URL:

http://www.stallion.com

FTP:

ftp://ftp.stallion.com

Last modified:

September 30, 1997.


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