FreeBSD and USBmemorystick

Mel fbsd.questions at
Tue Nov 11 11:40:14 PST 2008

On Tuesday 11 November 2008 20:25:51 Pieter Donche wrote:
> If I insert a USB memory stick in my laptop with FreeBSD 7.0 nothing
> happens. On the same laptop in the SuSE 10.1 partition, the same USB
> stick appears in Konqueror under Storage Media  and is ready to use)
> In FreeBSD, Konqueror shows nothing under Storage Media.
> Is this normal?

This requires HAL-support with KDE and the KDE MEdia Manager enabled in the 
system services. It's fragile to get working and often requires extensive 
knowledge of HAL, dbus and policykit. This is where PC-BSD can be seen as 
SuSE for linux, as it has configured all these things to work out of the box, 
that normally a FreeBSD system administrator would set up.

Alternatively, one can use the desktopbsd-tools from the ports to add some GUI 
system tray apps, among which a removable media manager.


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.

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