Support for cassette tape as a storage device

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Support for cassette tape as a storage device

Post by labarthe » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:44 pm

A suggestion for inclusion in future distributions of Linux Mint.
In order to provide some retro experience, Mint could include Ctape:
an application that runs from the command line. Or, if I may, a bash script I made to provide a text user interface for it: ... yqi4Fgo_ya
The scripts are ridiculously small, they won't hoard space at all.
There must be some target-audience for it. A quick "no" wouldn't be fair, in my opinion.
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Re: Support for cassette tape as a storage device

Post by SeriesOfTubes » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:46 pm

That sounds like an awesome program, but I don't think the Mint team will make it happen. Since not many people would use it, it would best be put in a repository for people to download if they want it. If I remember correctly, people didn't like using tapes for storage on the Commodore 64 because of long load times.

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Re: Support for cassette tape as a storage device

Post by jimallyn » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:12 am

As I recall from my VIC-20 and C-64 days, you really couldn't store much data on a cassette tape. Maybe you should buy a couple of USB sticks? If you really want to save data on cassette tapes, you could probably compile that program from source.

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