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SubjectRe: Of removable devices
First:	There is something called vold (SUN haters please keep quiet)
for Linux too for management of removable media. No need to
patch the kernel as far as i know (i don't use this stuff).

Second: Floppy hardware on PCs is broken (unlike CDROM or ZIP handling),
it will let you eject a mounted disk because the eject is
mechanical and not host-controlled. For host-controlled
devices there is no problem: just use some script which
"umount"s the filesystem and "eject"s the medium. All pieces
are there and completely in user-land. Only thing needed for
Mac-like handling is for vold to register itself to be notified
when the eject button is pressed. I am not sure if this is
possible for all devices.

Conclusion: No need to get excited, all necessary mechanismens are there
and can be utilized today. Just remember: Unix is user-friendly,
it's just selective about its friends...

Dominik Kubla

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