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Re: [opensuse] WTF?! NO floppy in Lucid or in Meerkat!
  • From: Basil Chupin <blchupin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 19:15:53 +1000
  • Message-id: <4C9C6C49.60207@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 24/09/2010 17:10, C wrote:
On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 08:33, Basil Chupin wrote:
I've busted my balls over the past 2 days trying to figure out why my
floppy will not be recognised and display the contents of a floppy disc.

My apologies to all.

I posted the above in the wrong mail list. Mea culpa.

However, check if this may still apply to you in your OS.
In some respects I can understand. I haven't had a floppy drive in
any computer I own for close to 10 years now. Despite your current
need for it, it really is obsolete technology to the vast majority :-(
If you go to the local big computer shop.. finding a pre-built
computer with a floppy drive - while still possible in some areas -
really is a challenge.

I'm already at the same point now with my DVD drive. Only one
computer I have has one, and on the next update it'll probably be
removed. To me and many others, DVDs are on the edge of obsolete...
just like floppy drives were 10 years ago.

Most of the motherboard manufacturers have been supplying bootable CD
ISOs of their flashing software for several years now... does the
manufacturer for the board you're working with do the same?

I consider this to be totally irrelevant to the point.

I see nothing in the description of the distros which shows that it/they will not work on anything other than the very latest, not more than 2 years old, hardware.

In fact, the claim is that they will work on the very basic computers with no more than, say, 256MB of RAM.

The kernel which is used has not degenerated into a mindless piece of jelly.

It still has the ability to handle floppy drives.

It's the people, the devs, who are responsible for not making their distros able to make use of what the kernel can handle.

Read the bug-report discussion I quoted (by accident, sorry :-( ) in this ML.


I didn't know it was impossible when I did it.

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