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Old 06-27-2019, 01:44 PM   #1
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Best distro (for me)?


Setting up a new system. Two deciding features for me:

1. Very important, will go to old releases if necessary: Will support real floppy disk drive. NOT USB. Tell me where to get a USB drive for 5-1/4 floppies and I will change my mind on this.

2. This would be nice but is not essential: Will work with Amazon Prime Video and Firefox out of the box.

Thanks for any suggestions.
 
Old 06-27-2019, 01:57 PM   #2
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I'm gonna vote Slackware 14.2
 
Old 06-28-2019, 09:59 AM   #3
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Any distro should do that. I'm using Xubuntu and the moment and I can see the repository has fdutils available. That adds various extras facilities and they warn that it only works with real drives, not usb ones. Just get a live disk of the distro you fancy and make sure it recognises your floppy drive.
 
Old 06-28-2019, 10:39 AM   #4
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AntiX or MX Linux would be my suggestions.

If you need something smaller, take a look at Tiny Core Linux or SliTaz.

(Or maybe Puppy Linux.)
 
Old 06-28-2019, 01:40 PM   #5
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Just try a few. Really, it's the only way to know and you will gain an understanding of the way Linux works (and doesn't) in the process. Until you've installed a few distro's you'll not really be equiped to troubleshoot any issues and you'll miss out on a lot of fun, and annoyance.

Slackware I can't disagree with, Xubuntu or just plain Ubuntu -- both really -- should be tried also. Try plain Debian and see what you think. Manjaro and others bring new experiences.

Really, just try a few. linux isn't worth the move unless you want to take some time to learn and work out what you like and don't.
 
Old 06-29-2019, 10:20 AM   #6
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Setting up a new system........Will support real floppy disk drive. NOT USB. Tell me where to get a USB drive for 5-1/4 floppies and I will change my mind on this.....
Where the heck are you finding a new motherboard that supports real floppies?
 
Old 06-30-2019, 11:52 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=2damncommon;6010301]Where the heck are you finding a new motherboard that supports real floppies?[/Q]

ASROCK N68-GS4/USB3 FX. Not quite bleeding edge!
 
Old 07-02-2019, 11:50 AM   #8
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I assume this is related to this?

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...9/#post6008721

You don't need permanent floppy support. Just burn a boot USB/DVD/CD and use it to get the data off the floppies.

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