AMD64 boot floppies

Markus Trippelsdorf markus at
Wed Jan 4 08:24:09 PST 2006

On Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 07:59:08AM -0800, Roger Marquis wrote:
> Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:
> >When I upgraded my old Celeron box a year ago, I had to buy a CDROM
> >burner, so that I could burn the install CD for my new machine. Since
> >than it is sitting idle in its slot.
> You could also have purchased a USB-CD-RW or USB-DVD-RW.

Sure, but the point is that I don't need any kind of burner.

> The problem with floppies is their A) tendency to develop bad
> sectors, and B) increasing rarity.  The lines of code needed for a
> boot floppy would be much better spent on other bootable media,
> Flash, DVD, etc, all of which would have larger and more
> appreciative audiences.

The infrastructure to automatically produce the boot floppies is
already there. All that is needed, is the short patch from John to
turn it on. 
BTW I tested the floppies today and everything is working without any


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