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Re: cvs commit: src/sys/dev/disk/fd fd.c fdc.h

From: "Matt Emmerton" <matt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 09:02:35 -0400

> Francois Tigeot wrote:
> > On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 08:34:57PM -0400, Matt Emmerton wrote:
> >
> >>> Gergo Szakal wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> On Mon, 21 May 2007 18:57:29 +0200
> >>>> Erik Wikström <erik-wikstrom@telia.com> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>> Isn't it about time to drop support for floppies soon?
> >>>>>
> >>>> No, floppies are still great, especially on legacy hardware.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>> Yeah indeed, but I would drop (E)ISA bus support and hardware that
> >>> (E)ISA. I haven't seen anyone use it for a looong time.
> >>>
> >> EISA is long dead and can go away
> >> ISA is still used on modern hardware -- anything without USB
> >> uses ISA under the covers, along with other stuff.
> >
> > And you can still buy modern machines with real ISA expansion slots.
Core2 Duo
> > PCs with ISA slots seem a bit weird, but they exist.
> >
> You are right, but I think because DragonFly is a small sized project we
> should be trying to support the most common modern hardware, instead of
> ancient hardware that barely no one uses these days.

You may be interested to know that my primary DFly development machine is an
AMD Sempron-based system with a BIOS date of late 2004.  This machine could
hardly be considered "ancient", but yet it has ISA slots and numerous other
devices that rely on the ISA bus architecture.

Be careful what you wish for -- removing ISA support will prevent a great
deal of hardware from running DFly, and I don't think anyone is interested
in taking that step.

Matt Emmerton

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