AMD64 boot floppies

Scott Long scottl at
Wed Jan 4 09:12:49 PST 2006

Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:

> 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
> problem.

Ah, so you built a release with John's patch, and the result works?
If so, we might as well commit it.  How many floppies were generated?


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