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Perhaps 15 years ago, I saw a photo which looked professional showing multiple media types all with labels for either Netscape v4 or the integrated Mozilla suite (which became SeaMonkey). At the very least this included 3.5, 5 and 8" floppies, but I suspect there were other types as well.

Does this ring a bell with anybody, is the photo still available, and can anybody comment on the story (e.g. was it taken to mark the retirement of certain target architectures)?

I was reminded of that by https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/61178/why-does-the-eu-uk-trade-deal-have-the-7-bit-ascii-table-as-an-appendix which highlights that Netscape 4 is apparently mentioned in the "Brexit" withdrawal documents.

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    This sounds like the sort of prank that foone would attempt. Netscape 1.0 came on a single 3½" floppy, but 5¼" and especially 8" floppies were essentially dead media at the time.
    – scruss
    Dec 28, 2020 at 16:41
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    8" floppies were not in common use 2007. They were not even in common use 1997.
    – UncleBod
    Dec 28, 2020 at 18:48
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    5¼" floppies went out of use roughly in 2000, and 8" floppies roughly in 1985.
    – Janka
    Dec 28, 2020 at 22:01
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    @Janka — I'd say 5.25" floppies went out of mainstream use way earlier. The last machines to use them (in any quantity) were probably Commodore's 8-bit machines, which died out in the early-to-mid 90s. Dec 28, 2020 at 23:42
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    It depends on where in the world, but I agree with Michael, 5.25” was well in the minority by the mid-90s (which still could mean significant absolute numbers...). Many PCs were still sold with them by default alongside 3.5” drives in 91-92, for backwards compatibility, but not much after that. Books with disks also switched around then, as did pirate courier groups. However I worked with a newspaper in Cairo in 92 that still used Wang and Linotype systems with 8” drives... Dec 29, 2020 at 12:14

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