upgrade 8.04 -> 9.04+kde3: how?

David Fletcher dave at thefletchers.net
Sun Jun 14 19:47:58 BST 2009


On Sunday 14 Jun 2009, Muzer wrote:
> Chris Jones wrote:
> >> I would be willing to bet that baring unforeseen catastrophes KDE 3.x
> >> will still run twenty years from now. I have one old laptop that still
> >> has DOS 6.2/Windows 3.1 and works just great. My old TRS80, TI-99-4A  
> >> and
> >> CoCo still work also.
> >>     
> >
> > You won't be able to run KDE 3.X 20 years from now on the new machines  
> > available then. Bet you won't have much luck installing DOS6.2/Win3.1  
> > on new machine now ...
> >   
> While I agree with your statement about KDE 3.X not running 20 years 
> from now, most modern systems will take DOS/Win3.1 fine. The processor 
> of today is still binary compatible, the graphics card of today still 
> supports the same graphics mode as was the standard then, and the floppy 
> drive controller has not changed (other than with some BIOSes the 
> removal of support for 2 drives).

One of these days, I must try installing one of my 5.25 inch floppy drives 
again. Last time I tried this, it worked just fine, and I still have a small 
personal supply of disks.

Given that hardly anybody else will now have the capability to read these, it 
should be a relatively secure method of storing small quantities of data, 
especially if I use TrueCrypt on it.

Dave F


PS Whilst we're talking about past times, yesterday I was very happy to donate 
my first computer, an Acorn System One, to the Museum of Computing in 
Swindon :-) complete with the post marked shipping box from Cambridge (UK not 
MA), 12th October 1979.

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