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

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Fri Feb 2 07:35:44 UTC 2007

Jason Morgan wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Jason

Anything that uses HALd will work with automounting drives out of the 
box if you set it up properly.

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