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Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:

>
>>> Hmm, Sun used to have a software-controlled standard floppy drives years
>>>ago...
>>>
>>I'm not talking about Suns.
>
> I'm just pointing out there used to be no problem with making a
> software-controlled eject for a legacy floppy device even long ago if one
> wanted to.
>


Macs have had them since, what, 1984? It's never been a question of it
being a problem, but it hasn't caught on on the PC.


>
>>> Based on local obervations hardly anyone uses floppies anymore... They
>>>are mostly used for system rescue purposes, where the kind of a device
>>>doesn't really matter.
>>>
>>... except that you no longer can fit a reasonable system rescue/install
>>setup on a floppy, so it *defintitely* matters. Also, the floppy device
>>is like a rash all over the hardware; it maintains a highly undesirable
>>legacy.
>>
>
> You only confirm what I wrote -- hardly anyone uses floppies, so there is
> no need to keep mechanical compatibility in devices -- a complete dump of
> 1.44" FD support would be almost harmless. Hence whether a Zip or a
> LS-120 -- it doesn't really matter. You need new media anyway.
>


Unfortunately other people don't seem to see it that way, and so it
doesn't happen. People ship USB floppies with new laptops, so there is
clearly a demand for them. I believe that if LS-120 had been where the
Zip drive was for a brief while, it would have stuck, just because of the
compatibility issue.

-hpa




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