Asked by Herman on 2011-06-12

I am using 10.04 and update manager keeps asking to update "udisks". I realize if I allow this to happen, Linux will not recognize the floppy. I am not interested in using the floppy in Linux, but can I still boot off the floppy in, say, MSDOS or some other OS if I let "udisks" be updated?

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Yes, the udisks package, like virtually all Ubuntu packages, installs software only inside your Ubuntu system, and does not affect the operation of other operating systems.

Furthermore, while updating udisks might possibly break the ability to mount floppies **with udisks** (or it might not break that), it will not break your ability to mount floppies the old-fashioned way (with the mount command).

Best marcus aurelius (adbiz) said : #2

the computer will run/load whatever operating system you boot it up with. if you go into bios and change the boot device to floppy disk, the computer will boot whatever operating system you have on your floppy, regardless of what's installed on your harddrive. if it contains MS-DOS, then it will boot that up. if you have linux on a floppy, it will boot that up. if have windowze 3 on the floppy, it will boot that up, eventhough you may have linux on your harddrive.

Herman (hcmoore1) said : #3

Thanks for the answer. I have floppy disk before the hard drive in the boot order, so if I let update manager change udisks, I should be OK.

You would be OK with the floppy drive after the hard drive in the boot order, too. You'd just have to either put the floppy drive first again, or select the floppy in the BIOS boot menu, to boot from the floppy. (You don't need the boot order set a certain way to ensure that udisks doesn't break floppy functionality outside of your Ubuntu system, because udisks does not ever affect any functionality outside of your Ubuntu system.)