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[K12OSN] That's not a bug, it's a feature! ;-)

Thanks to everyone for their replies.  Donald and I will try out Eric's
suggestion after school today.  The suggestions that we really don't
want floppy access in the first place were less helpful.

It is true that as we move toward an increasingly network centric model
floppy drives will be less and less useful.  In our current school
environment, however, sneakernet is still the only convenient way for
students to get their work back and forth from home.


jeff elkner
yorktown high school
arlington, va 

On Tue, 2002-06-04 at 11:59, Eric Harrison wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Jun 2002 trelf13 yahoo com wrote:
> >I was trying to get access to a floppy from a workstation,
> >so after finding a post about floppy support, I installed
> >mtools to use with the already installed ltsp_floppyd.  I
> >found I was able to read from a floppy, but if I tried to
> >copy a file from it, I got an error and couldn't use the
> >floppy any more.
> >
> >Here's what happened:
> >[root LTSPserver root]# mdir x:
>                          ^^^^^^^
> try "mdir a:"
> -Eric

On Tue, 2002-06-04 at 10:15, Doug Simpson wrote:
> On the other hand, we are migrating *away* from students saving to
> floppy drives.
> 1) More secure.  Students can't share data files as easily.
> 2) Less worry about losing their data on a defective floppy (I think
> they are *all* defective)
> 3) They can't forget it at home.
> This is what their home directory is for. . .

On Tue, 2002-06-04 at 11:28, Kirk Rheinlander wrote:
> We intentionally removed floppies from ALL desktop machines that
> students  have access to. Their file, should they really need to
> get/put them at  home, can be retrieved over the Internet from a
> secure area. Alternatively,  the teacher machine, which has a floppy
> (and CD-RW), can be used to copy  files, again, if it is really
> necessary.
> IF the school had some real-time computer administration folks, maybe
> we  would have worked the [security] issues on floppies, but this
> worked for  us. The security issues - introduction of unwanted files,
> etc. - was eliminated by eradicating removable media.
> Kirk

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