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Re: SEUL: hardware detection

On Sun, 18 Jan 1998, Rick Jones wrote:

> Most, if not all, distributions are floppy installable.  Debian is

Redhat is not floppy installable.  Granted, this is a royal pain from time
to time, but for less than 1/2 of 1% of the users.  AFAIK the only ones
that ARE are Slackware and Debian, and I'd like to see some statistics of 
how many people make use of it.

Granted, it would be POSSIBLE to install off of floppies by using split,
for example, to distribute packages over multiple floppies.

On the other hand, I take Redhat's position.  EVERYONE has a CD-ROM drive.
If you don't you can buy one at the corner store for $40.  It is,
literally, impossible to find (new) software on floppy.

If someone wants to try and make the installer cope with floppies, they're
welcome to.  But I think it would be wasted effort.

> that but floppy installation should be available.  As stated before, if
> somebody wants to try the dis' on an old 486 w/out a CDROM or network
> connection before putting it on their main machine, they are SOL.  Is
> that your point of view?

Basically, yes.  :)  I won't try to stop someone from making the
distribution work off of floppies.  But OTOH I don't think it should be a