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Old 08-26-2013, 05:26 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by tronayne View Post
Can you even buy a box with a floppy drive?

Would you want to?

Yeah, mine has one. I've never used it, but who knows what the future has in store?
It doesn't work though, think I may have disconnected it somehow when I was doing a bit of DIY (it's a long story) in the case.

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Old 08-26-2013, 07:55 AM   #17
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Well, I was being a smart-alec. When I started fiddling with these things they were 9-track tapes, then they were full-height 5-1/4 (single side, single density, then double side, double density) and 8" single/single and 8" double/double. Lawdy, lawdy, the damn things cost hundreds.

Along came those little plastic, what are they? 3" something or other? Same format as 8" if I remember. Then 3-M put out those DC-600 tape cartridges (23 MB) (got Unix distributions on those), then higher-density cartridges (same size as the DC-600's). You can still buy 'em, $39.95 list, but nowadays they're 60/120 MB.

Do I miss any of that stuff? Hell, no. Gave away the drives, gave away the tape cartridges, threw away the floppies. Dealing with that stuff was just pain and agony even if it was handy for sneaker-net (and, you know, getting stuff off a 50 MB hard drive so you could do work).

But, on the other hand, cheap CD-ROM, DVD and Blue-ray get laser-rot and can't be read after about 5 years... betcha those tapes can be read, though. Hmm.

I kind of think that floppy media are sort of like those little dancing dogs in the circus? The question is not how well but rather why at all.
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Think it'd be a shame to remove floppy disk installation. Slackware is the only classic Linux distribution left (correct me if I'm wrong). But that's not the point. You can always use a workstation like a 386, for distcc tasks, a router, firewall, and/or proxy server.

Not only that, 386 and other CPU emulation is still lacking; dosbox seems the only software to emulate anything in that regard, but it doesn't factor in accurate cpu speed and maybe some other stuff (great emulator too!). There could be better emulation of PowerPC cpu's and various sound-video hardware as well (classic macintosh's come to mind, and so does other stuff like windows 9x virtualization which still lacks directx hardware 3D).

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I seem to recall a conversation I had a few years ago where I was told that installing from floppy is no longer possible because the kernel alone is bigger than a floppy.
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Indeed the floppy support present in the Slackware installer would appear to be vestigial, it cannot actually be used.


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