“up to vanilla kernel 4.4.13 floppy functionality performs like it should.(On an x86 PC that is. With a 1.44MB diskette drive.)>From kernel 4.5* and up it changed to barely usable.”
See Linux-Kernel Archive: dysfunctional floppy driver in kernels 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7I’m not surprised that modifications to the Linux kernel sometimes introduce bugs but I am surprised to find someone who still uses floppies. I know there is some specialized equipment that may still be in use that has floppy drives but I haven’t used a floppy since working in my last school using then 8 year old PCs… Even before that, I remember going around a lab with a bootable floppy to boot a lab and needing two floppies because the first one literally wore out after 12 boots. There was a visible groove in the surface. I used to have ~100 floppies with various bits of data and software but these days I don’t have even one. Beast still has a floppy drive but it’s unplugged. It’s the same with CD drives. I don’t remember the last time I used one. Everything now is networked or USB.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.