24.2 Mobile Hardware
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 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 feature of either file manager.
These are described in more detail in the GNOME User Guide and
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 /media remains unaffected by this.
(GNOME) in the list of mounted drives.
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
- 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 The GIMP. When using GNOME, Nautilus displays
the pictures in their own folder. A simple image processing and
management utility is f-spot. Do advanced photo processing with The
GIMP. For more details on digital cameras and image management, refer to
“Using Digital Cameras with Linux” (↑KDE User Guide).