[Mageia-discuss] Do Mageia have something like this?

Wolfgang Bornath molch.b at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 22 12:00:39 CET 2013

2013/1/22 Buchan Milne <bgmilne at staff.telkomsa.net>:
> On 11/01/2013 16:37, Frank Griffin wrote:
>> On 01/11/2013 09:06 AM, Johnny A. Solbu wrote:
>>> That takes care of usb drives where you have NTFS and exFAT file
>>> system you want to access. That not what the blog posts is talking
>>> about. There are other types of usb devices, such as printers,
>>> scanners, cameras, wireless network devices and what not. ntfs-3g does
>>> not handle any of them, unless they also have a file system accessible
>>> by usb. His idea is to have some sort of notification that a new
>>> hardware device is plugged in, and if the device is not supported by
>>> the currently installed packages, figure out which package you need to
>>> install, and give the user a button to click that will install it.
>> I think that's supposed to be handled by separate device-specific apps,
>> probably in response to an event issued by the generic USB support when
>> the device is recognized.  For instance, a disk is handled by automount,
>> printers are handled by system-config-printer or possibly CUPS, wireless
>> by net-applet or NM, etc.
> And what about all other devices?
> For example, getting a UPS with a USB port working is not something a
> non-technical user is able to do on Mageia at present, but is trivial on
> Mac OS X (I haven't tried on Windows recently).
> The examples in the blog post were about Yubikey and Lego Mindstorms.
> Some time ago, on Mandriva, there was a tool to do things like this (it
> would put an icon on the desktop for a scanner, or webcam, if you
> connected one).

It's a long time used feature of Windows. As soon as any new device is
plugged in you are notified of the event and the systems looks for
already installed drivers (if needed). If such a driver is available
it tells you that "You can use it now". If not it offers to search
online for the driver (which does not give a result in most times) and
then tells you to load a medium with the driver, mostly supplied with
the device. This has worked (or sometimes not worked) for years. An
old idea in Windows from the last century but a nice-to-have thing in


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