Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 16, 2003 04:37 PM
OK folks. How about a specific anecdote on the subject? One of my (non-linux-savvy) friends used my PC to do some word processing. I logged them into KDE (as I thought that's it's windows-like nature would make them feel more comfortable) and showed them where KWord was. All was fine until they tried to save to the floppy drive - they used the 'floppy' button in KWord's save dialog (brings up the url 'floppy:/a/'). It didn't work. It didn't work for two reasons: 1,<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/dev/fd0 doesn't exist on my system (I use devfs) and 2, ordinary users don't have raw access to the floppy drive anyway (again, on *my* system). So then I showed them how to use kwikdisk to mount the disk properly. And it was all good. In GNU/linux, you mount a disk to use it, it's not like windows. OK, there are systems to get round this, like KDE's floppy:/ urls and the linux automounter. Mandrake also has a 'supermount' kernel module (didn't work for me though...) But if I want to use a disk, I mount it first, just one click on GNOME's drivemount-applet does it. Harder than windows? Hardly. Different? Certainly.