updated 06:15 pm EST, Wed March 28, 2001
Agere Systems, formerly known as the Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies, writes that it will not be supporting Ornico wirelesss products under OS X. Although Apple's AirPort 1.3 under Mac OS 8/9 supports Ornico cards directly with its built-in drivers, OS X does not. Agere representatives forwarded concerned customers the following reasons for its development stance:
1. 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.
2. We have full confidence that Apple will continue to support Airport under MacOS-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. (MacOS 7.5.5, 8.x, 9.x). "