Beginner Q1: Linux incapable of handling FDD?

Karl F. Larsen klarsen1 at
Thu Jan 14 16:18:15 UTC 2010

Thomas Blasejewicz wrote:
> Ladies and Gentlemen
> You may safely call me a complete beginner (totally ignorant).
> Actually, I am trying to get "linux going" for over 2 years now and am
> not getting anywhere. This probably proves that I must be extraordinary
> stupid.
> So, please bear with me, when I sometimes sound frustrated.
> Question 1: for confirmation.
> Recently I have (tried to) used OpenSUSE (10.3 / 11.1 / 11.2) for a
> while and am now trying to use Ubuntu (9.10)
> The computer I use exclusively for experimenting with Linux does has a
> functional FDD. I tried to use it under OpenSUSE, asked the relevant
> question on a SUSE mailing list, then tried to use it under Ubuntu
> (Japanese version).
> Apparently Linux CANNOT handle floppys and someone pointed out, that
> this is a "bug":
> == Regression details ==
> Discovered in version: Karmic Koala 9.10
> Last known good version: Jaunty Jackalope 9.04
> So, just to confirm: is it really so, that Linux is incapable of
> handling a FDD???
> Since this is a task every computer on the planet could do that over the
> last three decades, I do have difficulties believing that this can be so
> incredibly complex. Even though floppys may be considered by some people
> to be "behind our time".

	My Ubuntu 9.04 does support a floppy drive. I have a multi 
size thumb drive device, and it looks to my computer as a 
floppy drive and it loads it fine.

73 Karl


	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
	Linux User
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