Removable Drives and Media

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In an increasingly connected world, you will find yourself plugging all sorts of devices and widgets into your computer. For the most part, it is usually multimedia files that you want to launch in a specific way. Ubuntu provides a great tool to configure the consequences of everything from plugging a digital camera into your computer, inserting a film DVD, and even plugging in a graphics tablet.

This handy tool goes by the catchy name of Removable Drives and Media, or to call it by its proper (package) name, gnome-volume-properties. With this tool, you can select the default command to run when Ubuntu detects the presence of a new drive or piece of hardware. Unlike the Preferred Applications tool, this tool does not detect the options for you, instead relying on you knowing the command needed to execute the correct application.

For example, in Figure 2.11, you can see the options for handling digital images in Ubuntu. When I connect my digital camera after a hard day's snapping, GNOME will detect its presence and launch F-Spot, ready for it to import my pictures directly into its library.

FIGURE 2.11 Take the hard work out of importing digital images by configuring gnome-volume-properties to work the way you want.

Other options include GNOME's behavior when removable drives (USB pen drives and the like) are connected, what to do in the event of a PDA or scanner being connected, and even more obscurely, what to do when a USB mouse is plugged in.

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