Drop Floppy Drive Support from kernel?

Bug #1732013 reported by Bryan Quigley on 2017-11-13
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linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

1) Proposed for 18.04
2) Whichever kernel 4.14 or 4.15

Can we drop Floppy support from the kernel for Bionic?

I see very small activity about Floppy drives in the 2012 timeframe (LP and AskUbuntu), but I can't see much of a use for floppy drives in 2018.

Advantages to remove
* It's being removed for various cloud vendors - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-gcp/+bug/1729673. I can't reproduce the speed difference locally though.
* It removes attack service. Hard to quantify but QEMU has gotten hit by a bad floppy disk exploit (https://usn.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2608-1/)

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This change has been made by an automated script, maintained by the Ubuntu Kernel Team.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → Triaged
tags: added: bionic
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