Easy USB-drive automounter and "filemanager" for nontechies?

Jason Morgan jwm-freebsd-questions at sentinelchicken.net
Fri Feb 2 03:18:42 UTC 2007

On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 09:29:39PM -0500, Rod Person wrote:
> On Thu, 01 Feb 2007 19:52:27 -0500
> Chris Shenton <chris at shenton.org> wrote:
> > 
> > I'm looking for something like she'd get on a Mac or PC:
> > 
> > 1. a way to automount the USB 'drive' when she plugs in
> > 2. a visual filemanager or some other friendly way for her to see
> >    files and copy them off so she can mail them or whatnot.
> > 3. a way to safely unmount the USB device when she's done   
> > 
> > 
> > I've got no idea about friendly GUI/filemanager with drag-n-drop or
> > other easy way to get files off.  She's using simple olde FVWM2 now
> > and I'd prefer not to load up a massive GUI like KDE or Gnome.  I just
> > don't know what's out there, being a command line dinosuar myself.
> > 
> > Any recommendations?  
> Thunar. I just started using this it's part of XFCE4, but you can
> install it separately, I use it with fluxbox. It uses hal-d but it very
> light.

My wife (non-techie) and I use Thunar in XFCE4.4. Thunar comes
installed by default with XFCE4.4, I believe. It is plenty fast and
doesn't require all the Gnome and KDE bloat. XFCE4 is also newbie
friendly and fast enough for my purposes.



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