Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 11:23 UTC, submitted by hidnplayr
OSNews, Generic OSes The team behind KolibriOS has released a new version, KolibriOS 0.7.5.0. This operating system is written entirely in assembly language and fits on a single floppy disk. Sadly, there is no information available on what exactly has changed between this version and the last one, so all I can do is point you towards the downloads section.
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floppy?
by uteck on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:41 UTC
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Member since:
2006-07-16

What is this 'floppy disk' they talk about? Did Seagate roll out a flexible drive?

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RE: floppy?
by Bobthearch on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 16:32 in reply to "floppy?"
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2006-01-27

Floppy image does seem like an odd way to distribute an operating system, unless it's an OS designed specifically for vintage hardware.

Many/most off-the-shelf computers no longer have floppy drives. Fortunately, adding a floppy drive only costs $5-$7, that is if the motherboard has a floppy connector and if the case has an available slot- many don't.

Floppy discs themselves are becoming more difficult to buy (there appear to be none currently listed at NewEgg or TigerDirect). And floppy disks cost more than CDs even though they hold 1/500th the amount of data.

There are some advantages to a bootable floppy though: Configuration and user settings can be saved. And I've also noticed, from my own experiences, that floppy OSes have fewer boot problems than CDs (CD drive order being one example glitch).

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RE[2]: floppy?
by Bobthearch on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 17:32 in reply to "RE: floppy?"
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2006-01-27

Sorry for the floppy rant. For the record, KolibriOS runs from a bootable CD but can be installed on a floppy.

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RE[2]: floppy?
by FunkyELF on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 18:22 in reply to "RE: floppy?"
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2006-07-26

I agree. There are advantages to booting off of a floppy particularly when dual booting.

It is my preferred way of booting Linux on a machine that still has one. I would install grub on the floppy and leave the Windows bootloader alone. Then when turning the computer on your floppy acts like a 2 way switch, eject it to boot Windows, leave it in to boot Linux.

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RE: floppy?
by merkoth on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 17:07 in reply to "floppy?"
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

OSNews readers fail at humour.

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RE[2]: floppy?
by Bully on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 16:31 in reply to "RE: floppy?"
Bully Member since:
2006-04-07

or maybe it just wasn't all that funny :p

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