[PARPORT] [ANNOUNCE] ftape-4.02 and utilities, floppy tape driver for Linux

Claus-Justus Heine (claus@math1.rwth-aachen.de)
31 Aug 1998 11:33:53 +0200

I'm pleased to announce the version 4.02 of ftape.

4.02 fixes some bugs still present in 4.01. Specifically, the Ditto EZ
controller (4Mbps controller for Ditto Max (Pro)) should be better
supported with 4.02.

ftape-4.02 supports internal floppy tape drives which conform to the
QIC-40/80/3010/3020 (i.e. TR-3) standards, as well as the Ditto 2GB
and the Ditto Max (Pro).

Certain parallel port floppy tape drives are supported as well
(Colorado Trakker, Iomega Ditto and certain other tape drives with
Micro Solutions' "BackPack" interface).

The files available for download:

ftape-4.02.tar.gz -- the kernel driver

ftape-4.x-doc-1.03.tar.gz -- the documentation for the ftape
                             driver. Includes a new version of the
                             HOWTO with a more up-to-date list of
                             supported tape drives.

The driver and utilities can be downloaded from


or from


as soon as it is moved to this location. The manual can be viewed
on-line on the ftape home page. Have a look at


There are also pre-formatted versions (Postscript, both, letter and
a4) of the Ftape-FAQ, Ftape-HOWTO and the Ftape Manual available.

A list of mirrors of the ftape home page can be found at


Currently, there is an ftp mirror at


and mirrors of the ftape home pages at

        http://www.torque.net/ftape/ -- automatically updated.

        http://www.info-systems.com/ftape/ -- will be updated today.



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