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Linux Kernel's Floppy Disk Code Is Seeing Improvements In 2020

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  • M@GOid
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    schmidtbag
    quikee

    I confess that I had never seen on of these (in cartridge form) until last month. And I'm one of those types that like to learn about obscure hardware stuff.
    It also made me kind of sad to learn it never really took off, because for PC use it sure looks a lot better than traditional DVDs, being properly protected against scratches and dirt, while also had the characteristic of being used like a floppy disk or HDD, no stinky writing software needed (I'm looking at you Nero).

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  • Azrael5
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    Interesting. Although many modern main boards have deprecated this kind of device nowadays.

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  • cl333r
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    Is it safe using them these days? We need to prevent robots from getting their cold metal hands on the floppy diks.

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  • quikee
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    Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
    This magnetic stuff is so obsolete. I prefer my floppy disks to be optical and shiny.
    Hah yes, I have one DVD-RAM media somewhere, but not inside a cartridge and it is also dual-sided. It's quite good as you can just read/write it like a floppy (no need to burn it) and with a longer life expectancy, because of phase-change metals used instead of organic dye as in normal DVD+-R medias.

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  • schmidtbag
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    Hey, we might not have asked for an update in floppy disk code, but at least we still got some old crap removed. I can't complain about that.

    Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
    This magnetic stuff is so obsolete. I prefer my floppy disks to be optical and shiny.
    On a serious note... DVD-RAM is actually not a bad option for archival purposes, assuming it's enough space for you. It's decently reliable.

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  • M@GOid
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    This magnetic stuff is so obsolete. I prefer my floppy disks to be optical and shiny.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD-RAM

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  • Linux Kernel's Floppy Disk Code Is Seeing Improvements In 2020

    Phoronix: Linux Kernel's Floppy Disk Code Is Seeing Improvements In 2020

    While many would argue it's past due for the Linux kernel's floppy disk code to be gutted from the mainline code-base, instead it's seeing improvements in 2020 ahead of the Linux 5.7 kernel... The same kernel where Intel stabilized Tiger Lake graphics, AMD preparing Zen 3 support, a new exFAT driver, and a multitude of other modern improvements is also now seeing floppy work...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...y-Improvements
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