freebsd install from floppy

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Sat Mar 6 18:29:01 UTC 2010

On Mar 6, 2010, at 12:44 PM, James Phillips wrote:
> Correction: Apple stopped selling computers with floppy drives about  
> 10 years ago. The floppy drive is not obsolete because there is  
> still no viable replacement that has the same (or better)  
> functionality.

While I think floppy drives are still useful for BIOS updates and the  
like, it's not just Apple that isn't selling machines with floppy  
drives any more.  Go to HP or Dell and try to buy a new machine with a  
floppy drive-- they don't sell them anymore, either...

> The problem with USB sticks is that they don't have user-accessible  
> write-protect tabs. If you plug a USB stick into a compromised  
> system, it is "tainted."

Some USB flash drives have write-protect switches:


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