[Trilug-ontopic] Linux Caller ID software

Neil L. Little nllittle at embarqmail.com
Fri Feb 20 14:47:54 EST 2009

lets see if I can remember this...
Back in the before time (fedora core 3 and when I could only use dial 
up), I used wvdial to find what tty in /DEV my modem was on. Then I had 
to create the link /dev/modem to that device. Only it couldnt be in /dev 
but /udev for the link to be persistent after each boot.

Why there in /udev? something about /dev being created from /udev every 
time fedora core 3 booted.

Neil, WA4AZL
JARS Forever!!

Ivan Panarusky wrote:
> Ok, I made some progress. I installed ncid, but it doesn't work. It 
> says it can't find /dev/modem, and not surprisingly, it doesn't exist. 
> I did a quick google search and came up wtih the ubuntu wiki, whitch 
> led me to http://linux.dell.com/files/ubuntu/hardy/modem-drivers/hsf/ 
> I installed the deb, but I don't have anything in /dev/modem. Am I 
> missing out on something or is it not working?
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 3:40 PM, Scott G. Hall 
> <ScottGHall at bellsouth.net <mailto:ScottGHall at bellsouth.net>> wrote:
>     Ivan Panarusky wrote:
>     > My computer came with a free modem, and we recently got caller
>     ID. I am looking for a program that will display the caller id
>     info when a call comes in, but my google foo only comes up with
>     abandonware. Does anyone know of any such software
>     I know that one is available, because my Xandros system pops up a
>     little
>     bubble in the corner of the KDE taskbar with the caller ID, and a
>     button
>     to click on to answer the phone with the PC speakers and microphone.
>     However, my Ubuntu, SuSE and Fedora systems do not.  My immediate
>     guess
>     is that this is a built-in utility or driver in the KDE suite, and
>     not a
>     regular on Gnome desktops.  You might check on a Mint Linux desktop (a
>     Ubuntu derivative that uses KDE and has a bunch of stuff installed and
>     enabled including greyware of unknown propriety) and see if it
>     also has
>     such a feature.  If so, you might be in luck looking in the KDE
>     development tree.
>     My SourceForge lists suggest that Xandros may have just implemented an
>     NCID server and client for their desktops.  Check out the NCID
>     project:
>     http://sourceforge.net/projects/ncid/
>      "The project page for NCID (formally TiVoCID) has moved to
>     <http://ncid.sourceforge.net> http://sourceforge.net/projects/ncid/
>      "NCID is a network based Caller-ID package that includes a Caller-ID
>       server and client.
>      "The server runs on Linux, TiVo (DirecTiVo, or Series 1 - requires
>       external modem or internal modem mod), FreeBSD, and Macintosh OS X.
>       Most people run the server on Linux.
>      "The client runs on the same platforms as the server, and also
>       Windows. Also included are Linux client interface scripts that will
>       speak the caller's name, email the CID information to a cell phone
>       or text pager, or send a CID message to a Windows system."
>      {http://tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=114969}
>        The NCID Server on a MythTV Backend:
>     http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Network_Caller_ID_(NCID)
>     <http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Network_Caller_ID_%28NCID%29>
>     I see there is also a Gnome project at FreshMeat:
>     http://freshmeat.net/redir/gcallerid/19951/url_homepage/gcallerid
>     --
>     Scott G. Hall
>     Raleigh, NC, USA
>     ScottGHall at BellSouth.Net
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