Suggestion for name specification for extra drive and media icons

David Zeuthen david at
Mon Jan 23 20:18:10 EET 2006

On Mon, 2006-01-23 at 18:08 +0100, Pierre Ossman wrote:
> Good point. The question is if they also should have {-usb,-ieee1394}.
> The list quickly grows with all combinations. :)

Yea.. I'd say media format trumps bus connection so use only the bus if
you don't know the media. But that's just what I think.

> > Thinking about it... it might be useful to have two icons for USB
> > keychain drives.. Say drive-removable-media-usbkeychain for the drive
> > and media-removable-media-usbkeychain for the volumes on the drives..
> I don't quite agree. When you have both 'drive' and 'media' then that
> indicates (to me at least) some kind of "reader". It's not clear cut if
> keychain devices should be a 'drive' or 'media', but not both.

Well.. at least GNOME uses the drive icon when no media is mounted.
Ideally the desktop don't show the drives, e.g. there is no icon when
something isn't mounted but only e.g. Mac OS X has that "luxury". In the
real world we have to deal with broken hardware you cannot poll and the
fact that a user may not have privileges to mount media - e.g. if we
show drives with unmounted volumes we may even prompt the user for the
password or tell him to get the ntfs driver when he clicks it. 

Hence, I think we need drive icons everywhere we have volume icons
unless we want to show lots of grey boring icons.

>  For now we'll just
> concern ourselves with what we're missing.

Sounds good - happy someone is looking into this!


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