9.2 Mobile Hardware
openSUSE supports the automatic detection of mobile storage devices
over FireWire (IEEE 1394) or USB. The term mobile storage
device applies to any kind of FireWire or USB hard disk, USB
flash drive, or digital camera. These devices are automatically detected
and configured as soon as they are connected with the system over the
corresponding interface. The file managers of both GNOME and KDE offer
flexible handling of mobile hardware items. To unmount any of these media
safely, use the (KDE) or
(GNOME) feature of either file manager.
The handling of removable media by your desktop
is described in more detail in
GNOME User Guide, (↑ GNOME User Guide ) and
KDE User Guide, (↑ KDE User Guide ).
- External Hard Disks (USB and FireWire)
As soon as an external hard disk has been correctly recognized by the
system, its icon appears in the file manager. Clicking the icon
displays the contents of the drive. It is possible to create folders
and files here and edit or delete them. To rename a hard disk from the
name it had been given by the system, select the corresponding menu
item from the menu that opens when the icon is right-clicked. This
name change is limited to display in the file manager. The descriptor
by which the device is mounted in /media remains
unaffected by this.
- USB Flash Drives
These devices are handled by the system just like external hard disks.
It is similarly possible to rename the entries in the file manager.
- Digital Cameras (USB and FireWire)
Digital cameras recognized by the system also appear as external
drives in the overview of the file manager. KDE allows reading and
accessing the pictures at the URL camera:/. The images can then be
processed using digiKam or f-spot. For advanced photo processing
use The GIMP. For a short introduction to digiKam, f-spot and The
GIMP, see Section 23.0,
Managing Your Digital Image Collection, (↑ Application Guide ),
Managing Your Digital Image Collection with F-Spot, (↑ Application Guide ) and Section 22.0,
Manipulating Graphics with The GIMP, (↑ Application Guide ).