USB memory stick icons

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I just bought one of these USB memory sticks an wanted to have an icon for it on my desktop to mount and unmount it. But i didn't find any usable icons so I created my own ones, one for mounted and one for unmounted. Nothing special but works for me.

The GIMP .xcf file is inlcuded in the gzip archive.

M15A4

13 years ago

Ok, how do i make KDE use this icon when I plug in my memory stick?

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M15A4

14 years ago

I plugged in my USBDrive, and KDE detected it and set it up on the desktop w/ the 'default' ICON.

I right clicked it and told KDE to use this, but every time i disconnect, then reconnect KDE goes back to the UGLY Default. :(

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Xanadu

16 years ago

I'm sorry if this makes me sound dumb or ignorant, but...

I guess these devices actully work in "Linux"? Are the kernel modules a "hack" or are they part of Linus' kernel ( or Marcello's kernel)?

/me goes to DL a fresh source package.

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Rodion

16 years ago

Most USB memory keys work with any stock distribution kernel within the past year or two. They use the usb-storage kernel modules, so even if the device is not recognized by name, you can still use it with 'modprobe usb-storage' and then mounting /dev/sdX# (in my case, sda1; YMMV).

That said, there are a couple of devices that use their own proprietary format. Fortunately, these are easily recognizable. If the product description says that it works on Mac and Windows without drivers (except for Win98, which has borked USB support and needs drivers), that means that it uses the usb-storage standard and will work with Linux. Otherwise, it's proprietary--don't buy.

The first, the Thumbdrive, was proprietary, which, if you think about it, is pretty stupid and self-defeating. The idea behind the devices is that you can replace floppies with them, but if you need to install drivers on every computer that you want to use it on, you either need a floppy or a net connection. Fortunately, it seems as though no one is making proprietary versions any longer, for precisely this reason, which is very good news indeed.

If you are interested in buying one, I would recommend looking at one that supports USB 2.0. They sould downgrade gracefully to USB1 without a problem, but if you do have USB2, then they are a lot faster.

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sunfire

16 years ago

it's no problem to use these devices. you just have load the usb-storage kernel module. in order to activate the device during your pc is running you will also have to install the hotplug package.

I'm using Debian for which a ready to use hotplug-package is available. For SuSE I know it's available, too.

If everything is installed correctly the USB memory stick will be made available as the first free scsi device (most times /dev/sda) which you can mount with

mount /dev/sda /mnt/usbhd

Or better make an entry in your /etc/fstab:

/dev/sda /mnt/usbhd auto noauto,rw,user,exec 0 0

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fab

16 years ago

very good idea ... we need some of these icons as well

thanx

Fab

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Rodion

16 years ago

I also have one of these, and so far have just been using the "memory" icon, although it's not very asthetically pleasing. I hope that other icon sets will come up with their own designs for these things.

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