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Re: [OT, FLAME] Linux Sucks

On Wed, 9 Apr 2003 09:24:54 -0500
"Jeffrey L. Taylor" <jeff@austinblues.dyndns.org> wrote:
> If Debian drops the boot-floppies, I will drop Debian for the same
> reason I dropped Slackware.  I have several serviceable machines with
> no CD drive, a floppy drive, and a NIC.  Sounds like Debian users are
> friends of Bill G., "We have ways of making you upgrade (to endlessly
> more expensive hardware)".

    Reaaaaallly?  You look at the prices of floppies versus a cheap CD-ROM to
boot from?  From Pricewatch.  Floppies, $6.  CD-Rom 56x...  $18.

    $12 is going to kill you?  I think not.  Compare the 6 floppies you pretty
much have to make to install Debian (woody) vs. the comparable CD image.  Can
we say "A hell of a lot easier".  Now place that CD in a case and let it sit
for 6 months.  Let the floppies do the same.  Guess which one has a virtually
nil chance of crapping out and which has a virtually nil chance of failing.

    Then let's look at the other benefits.  I have three things sitting near
my server.  

LNX-BBC: The all-on-one Linux rescue CD.  Cram that on a floppy.  Didn't think

Knoppix: For when I'm feeling silly and call it a rescue disc.  Actually I
take it to my friend's houses so I can run Linux on their XP boxen.

Bootable Woody install: In case I need to reinstall in a hurry or I have
someone who wants me to plop Linux onto their box.

    There is simply no excuse to have a machine with a floppy these days
unless it is a specialty machine (Netapp comes to mind.... early netapps). 
The only reason floppies still exist in PCs is because the computer companies
are too scared to yank them out.  I honestly haven't used my floppy since I
first installed Debian in, uhm...  1995?  Did CD images exist for Debian back
then?  And how much were CD-Rs, media and CD-ROMs?  You could make the
argument then that it was an economic problem to only have CD-ROM images. 
Today, I doubt it.

         Steve C. Lamb         | I'm your priest, I'm your shrink, I'm your
       PGP Key: 8B6E99C5       | main connection to the switchboard of souls.
	                       |    -- Lenny Nero - Strange Days

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