Is there much risk that a new USB floppy disk drive won't work properly with Linux (it happens it would be be on a laptop)? USB itself is supported by the OS or firmware; I use it for flash drives. I successfully read from a borrowed LaCie USB FDD under Porteus Linux (probably version 1.1). I found a retailer, usually trustworthy, selling a USB FDD with a Mitsumi chipset but without stating a brand for the whole drive (http://www.computernyc.com/sup12med.html
) and they didn't answer my email asking about OS compatibility, but if it'll likely work I'll probably buy it. I'm just hoping that it's not a hardware type that is often Windows-only. Thank you for advice.