Re: Hot plugged volumes in the notification area

On Tue, 2004-11-30 at 22:12 -0500, William Lovaton wrote:
> Hello,
> Checking redhat's bugzilla I saw this bug which makes an interesting
> proposal.
> What do you think about it?  I think it will improve usability in the
> desktop since you have to minimize all your windows to see the new
> available media.
> In fact, this is a fantastic opportunity to tell the user that he have
> to unmount the volume before unplugging it.

We discussed this early in the FC3 planning phases.  It is a good idea
if you have a small number of drives but how many times does one need to
open a volume?  From my experience most people just want to open it when
they plug it in and do most of their access from a program.  I would
think just having notification bubble pop up when a user plugged in a
drive would fix discoverability.  Also the drive mounting applet sounds
like a solution for those who do want it in the panel.  If it were to be
added to the notification area I would suggest that it be a single icon
that flashed when new volumes were added and opened a drawer when
clicked that contained all the volumes so that it doesn't take up too
much screen realestate. 

John (J5) Palmieri
Associate Software Engineer
Desktop Group
Red Hat, Inc.

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