OS X's Wiley Wireless Ways
by Rael Dornfest
Rick Robinson received this reply from Orinoco regarding their wireless PC cards and support of Mac OS X:
"Our current position is that we do not intend to support Apple Mac OS X at this time. The reasons for this decision are as follows:
- Apple computers, both mobile and desktops, are equipped with non-standard built-in Airport slots and antennas since late 1999. Apple's intention with this approach is to have customers with an AirPort-equipped Mac to choose AirPort Cards as their preferred WLAN client products.
- We have full confidence that Apple will continue to support AirPort under Mac OS X on AirPort G4s, iMacs, iBooks and PowerBooks. This allows Macs to be fully respected clients on Orinoco WLANs.
In addition to that we will continue our support for the older MacOSes on the Apple platform. (Mac OS 7.5.5, 8.x, 9.x)."
MacFixit's April 2001-a: Late-Breakers for Mac OS X:
Those of us with pre-Airport PowerBooks are suddenly feeling a bit disconnected ...
Here's where OS X and I go our separate wireless ways :-(
OS X have you feeling tied down?
Non-Standard Slots and Antennas?
Um, the slot inside the machine looks just like a PCMCIA slot to me. As far as the Antenna, why wouldn't I want the built in antenna? After all, the latest rage in PC laptop land is built in antennas. Is Lucent going to drop support for those platforms too?