Pete Zaitcev (zaitcev) wrote,
Pete Zaitcev
zaitcev

Thumbdrives

You just can't make this stuff up:

Hardware periperals are another factor - once anyone can plug any mouse or USB thumbdrive bought off NewEgg or Amazon into Linux and It Just Works, Linux’ fortune will markedly improve. [link]

Astonishing, isn't it? I can't believe that he selected two kinds of devices which Just Work in Linux to illustrate his point. Plug a thumbdrive in, and Nautilus shows a drive icon. No shell, no fuss. This is possible because both of these types have well defined and well supported USB classes (HID and Mass Storage), which cover the ground all the way up into the application stack. This is important because, for instance, Printer has a well defined class too, but it only covers the transport, and so the necessary filters have to be used. But for a thumbdrive, it's just a block device and lots of HAL/Gnome/Nautilus magic (thank David Zeuten if you have a chance).

{Forgot to mention - no, I do not habitually scan Internet looking for people writing hilariously retarded things about Linux... The guy has an anime blog which I follow.}

{Update 2007/01/08: We have the answer [link], which claims that the stick "simply would not mount" on the GE box. Also, commenters look at the issue from varying angles.}

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