Your idea of running a live cd to deal with your old disks is probably a very good one if you don't need to integrate floppy access with your normal distro. I like Puppy5 (also known as "wary puppy "). If you system has the floppy drive installed puppy will find it, and show you an icon of a floppy in the bottom left corner for ready access.
If you boot from the floppy, and then shut it down, it will ask you if you want to save certain files to the hard disk. (It explains itself very well. If you do save those files to the disk(preferably in the partition that holds your home files - but it will be identified to you by its as "sda#" where "#" is the number of the partition), the next time you boot will be faster, and you can then remove the cd, and install a blank cd, which will then give you the option of saving anything you might rescue from the floppy disks either to your hard drive (and make it accessible to your ordinary OS), or to a CD.
I usually install puppy (in that simple "boot from the CD" way) on each of my computers.
Another worthy option would be Freedos. They also make a live CD, but Freedos works better if you can install it on a partition of it's own (probably sda1), and boot directly into it. I don't have as much experience with it, but it is a true dos system - only much more powerful, and more compatible with Linux way of doing things. B efore you just install it to a hard disk, you should check with someone who knows if you can install it to hard drive without messing up your existing grub. I kknow that it works fine if you install it first, and then install a linux distro. Grub will pick it up and make it dual boot - no problem.
shengchieh wrote:I'm thinking of running a liveCD like tiny core or another distro (you have any recommendation?) which specializes in old computers.
And do my floppy disk work. I'm not in a rush anymore since the recycling folks are coming tomorrow and I have stuffs for them
packed. But I do want to go thru some disks for security reason before I throw them out. Either "shred --remove" or reformat.
It'll be a while before I get to this problem again, but I'll get to it. Right now I'm sidetracked by other problems and an upcoming vacation