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[20091228] Mounting fixed and removable disks with KDE
If you're among the people running KDE, and if you want to be able to have KDE handle removable and fixed disks properly during the HAL subsystem, there's a suggestion by David Brownlee to achieve this.

To get removable devices automatically mounted and a file browser pop up, add the following to /usr/pkg/etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf:

        <match action="org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-removable">
                <return result="yes" />
        </match>
David writes that ``[w]ith the above plugging in a USB flash drive into my amd64 laptop pops up a notification window, clicking on it opens dolphin, and clicking on the device in dolphin correctly mounted it.''

A similar thing can be achieved for fixed disks, by adding the following data:

        <match action="org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed">
                <return result="yes" />
        </match> 
There are still discussions if/what part of this should be enabled by default, but I think it's nevertheless useful to document this here. Enjoy!

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[20061124] KDE4 on NetBSD @ Linuxdays.at in Dornbirn
Raphael Langerhorst has pointed me at an entry in his blog about his success with KDE4 on NetBSD, and how he used it to show KDE and NetBSD at the Linuxdays.at show in Dornbirn. In short, ``KDE 4 runs on NetBSD''.

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[20051201] Starting up KDE manually
In next week's SysAdmin class, I'll talk a bit about X and all the bits around it. The end of that session is usually a demonstration on how to start up KDE from a remote machine, without using the "startkde" script. As I always forget the exact steps, I had to re-read the "startkde" script, and for your amusement (and if you want to try it, e.g. in Xnest :), here is the rap:

  1. kwin &
  2. kdesktop
  3. kicker
Easy. If you know. :) The main part of this is actually done by the "ksmserver", which runs everything in the KDE "autorun" directory. Here's what is really ran:
 % ls /usr/pkg/share/kde/autostart
 irkick.desktop                          klipper.desktop
 kab2kabc.desktop                        konqy_preload.desktop
 kalarm.tray.desktop                     korgac.desktop
 kalarmd.autostart.desktop               ktip.desktop
 kdesktop.desktop                        panel.desktop
 kgpg.desktop                            restore_kmix_volumes.desktop
 khotkeys.desktop
 % grep -h ^Exec /usr/pkg/share/kde/autostart/*
 Exec=irkick
 Exec=kab2kabc --disable-autostart --quiet
 Exec=kalarm --tray
 Exec=kalarmd
 Exec=kdesktop
 Exec=kgpg %U
 Exec=klipper
 Exec=konqueror --preload
 Exec=korgac --miniicon korganizer
 Exec=ktip
 Exec=kicker
 Exec=kmixctrl --restore 
Obviously there's a lot more that can be started up, but that depends on your individual needes. Happy playing!

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