Re: [kde-linux] stop empty floppy drive announcement
- Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:36:30 -0500
- From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [kde-linux] stop empty floppy drive announcement
On 2013-11-13 12:08 (GMT) Duncan composed:
The root problem is one of legacy hardware (lack of) features. Floppy
drives are old enough they predate the hardware removable-media-detect
Making problems worse, there's no media-change-detect notification
How is it that ancient DOS manages? It/they originated "plug & play".
In my opinion, probably the best way for software like kde's device
notification is to ignore floppies entirely.
Probably. Do devs need to actually have floppy drives to be able to implement
this eminently logical but currently missing option?
What /is/ your actual use case for floppies?
Floppies don't need software to allow removal/ejection. They have a readily
accessible button. They can be removed and inserted easily and completely
while the machine is powered down, so that when it's powered up, the system
doesn't jump right into an OS installed to non-removable media that needs to
be shut down before powering back down.
Floppies, unlike OM, can be flung about without material risk of damage. They
don't need to be kept in special cases to protect a fragile reading surface.
Floppies, unlike USB sticks, have a reasonable amount of room for labeling
what they contain.
Floppies, unlike USB sticks, due to their size, are not very readily lost in
the cracks of furniture, at the bottoms of purses, or between car seats.
Floppies, unlike USB sticks, are a uniform size, easily managed physically in
long term offline storage.
Floppies can be made bootable in mere seconds, not requiring complicated
installation of a big operating system, or a big complicated application and
operating system to run it to perform the task.
Compared to OM drives, floppy drives have proven themselves far more reliable
on average long-term.
Floppies, unlike common multifunction diagnostic media, having only one
utility installed, can be booted into to do their thing without working
keyboard or mouse. e.g. memtest
Virtually all my systems are multiboot. DOS is good enough, and faster, for
various things, does manage somehow to automount floppies when inserted, and
does not resist ejection via press of a physical button.
Landfills are filling fast enough without adding working devices to them
simply because they are old or because something newer is faster or more
I have them on 10 of my 15 most used systems, therefore I make use of them.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)
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