From:   Bernd Blaauw <>
Date:   Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:28:55 +0100
> 'Drive' is a typical DOS terminology, meaning partition/volume, thus 
> sda1 etc. It's used as 'Drive C:'. Basically referring to everything 
> which has a driveletter assigned (floppy, harddisk, cdrom, network 
> shares, etc).

Well that was OK when diskettes were the only rotating media.  Usually 
a diskette wasn't partitioned.  "Part" and "volume" were synonymous.  
Where a hard disk drive is involved, "drive" should mean "hard disk drive" 
and "part" should mean "part of a hard disk drive".  When software 
says it will "format the drive" I want to be sure it doesn't mean "format 
the whole hard disk drive".  Unambiguous terminology really does help.

I had hoped to run FreeDOS on the OLPC XO-1.5 but it is no simple problem.

Regards,            ... Peter E.

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