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Linux/drivers/net/plip/Kconfig

  1 #
  2 # Parallel Line Internet Protocol (PLIP) network device configuration
  3 #
  4 
  5 config PLIP
  6         tristate "PLIP (parallel port) support"
  7         depends on PARPORT
  8         ---help---
  9           PLIP (Parallel Line Internet Protocol) is used to create a
 10           reasonably fast mini network consisting of two (or, rarely, more)
 11           local machines.  A PLIP link from a Linux box is a popular means to
 12           install a Linux distribution on a machine which doesn't have a
 13           CD-ROM drive (a minimal system has to be transferred with floppies
 14           first). The kernels on both machines need to have this PLIP option
 15           enabled for this to work.
 16 
 17           The PLIP driver has two modes, mode 0 and mode 1.  The parallel
 18           ports (the connectors at the computers with 25 holes) are connected
 19           with "null printer" or "Turbo Laplink" cables which can transmit 4
 20           bits at a time (mode 0) or with special PLIP cables, to be used on
 21           bidirectional parallel ports only, which can transmit 8 bits at a
 22           time (mode 1); you can find the wiring of these cables in
 23           <file:Documentation/networking/PLIP.txt>.  The cables can be up to
 24           15m long.  Mode 0 works also if one of the machines runs DOS/Windows
 25           and has some PLIP software installed, e.g. the Crynwr PLIP packet
 26           driver (<http://oak.oakland.edu/simtel.net/msdos/pktdrvr-pre.html>)
 27           and winsock or NCSA's telnet.
 28 
 29           If you want to use PLIP, say Y and read the PLIP mini-HOWTO as well
 30           as the NET-3-HOWTO, both available from
 31           <http://www.tldp.org/docs.html#howto>.  Note that the PLIP
 32           protocol has been changed and this PLIP driver won't work together
 33           with the PLIP support in Linux versions 1.0.x.  This option enlarges
 34           your kernel by about 8 KB.
 35 
 36           To compile this driver as a module, choose M here. The module
 37           will be called plip. If unsure, say Y or M, in case you buy
 38           a laptop later.

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