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Old 10-02-2013, 04:08 AM   #1
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Ubuntu desktop displays all partitions


Hi

I am using a desktop machine which triple boots with Windows 7, Ubuntu 13.04 and Manjaro 9.8.7

I share this computer with someone else who uses Windows 7 and Ubuntu and I am trying to get to know Manjaro.

When Manjaro or Ubuntu are running, all the partitions of the hard drive are displayed on the desktop so that there are 3 partitions for Windows (Windows has C: and D: and another one) and 2 each for Ubuntu and Manjaro. These partitions show up as icons of hard drives.

Is there any way of stopping the hard drive partitions that are not actually in use from being displayed?

It is not a problem; it is just that it makes the desktop look untidy and slightly confusing and we both prefer an uncluttered desktop

Right clicking the icons in Ubuntu gives the option of "Unpin from launcher" (or word to that effect) and selecting that option removes them but they are there again at the next session.

Any help would be appreciated
 
Old 10-04-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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Hope this helps. Don't know if it's still works in Ubuntu.
 
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:07 AM   #3
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Hi redfox2807,

Thanks for the link. It worked for Ubuntu but not for Manjaro. I believe that Manjaro is quite "young" and is a "work in progress" so perhaps I might find an answer later whenit is more developed

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you; I tripped over the dog and broke my wrist and have not been able to use the computer until today.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 05:55 AM   #4
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Hey Chriscrof,

it didn't work for Manjaro cause it was about Unity, not Xfce. There is how to get rid of partition icons from an Xfce desktop, but there's a problem with that: you either remove all device icons from the desktop including your USB flash drives, USB HDD, etc. or disable automounting of selected partitions you don't want to see on your desktop.

I don't know about Manjaro, but Arch Linux it's based on is actually a mature Linux distro. It's just different from Ubuntu. Arch forces you to learn how things work. If something breaks there you'll have to learn how that thing actually works in order to get it fixed. Windows-like style of fixing problems - "click there, there and over there and pray those clicks make the issue fixed" - will almost never work on such distros. In practice if you're willing to learn, that approach isn't much harder than the Windows' one, it's just different. Also it gives you much more power over your OS. I've read on their web site that Manjaro is intended to be user friendly and everything. One should understand that 'user friendliness' here doesn't imply effortless. In my experience with such distros they basically implement an easy-to-use installer, cute desktop customizations and a handful of useful scripts for automation over the 'Base Distro' they derive from. But once you go beyond those scripts it's still the same 'Base Distro'. The farther beyond you go the more you realize that in order to get a fully automated system you must re-implement a good part of the layers. Much like OpenSuse, Ubuntu and the like did. So if I understand it right Manjaro is not an Ubuntu with the power of Arch, but is actually an Arch that's a bit easier to be introduced into.

Sorry to hear about your wrist. Hope you recover soon.

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Old 10-09-2013, 05:49 AM   #5
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Hello again redfox2807,

Thanks for your time and trouble in sending me all that info. I have not yet had a look at the link about the Xfce desktop but I appreciate what you mean about Windows; it is not very easy to learn much about it unless, presumably, one is an MS employee. The "Help" facility is worse than useless. For example I was trying to delete a registry key recently and got a message to the effect that I didn't have permission to delete it. When I clicked on help and entered 'file permissions' it gave a list of about 11 items, not one of which had anything to do with 'permissions'. I was surprised it didn't give a recipe for making an omelette or information on how to make a pair of jeans. So, I am quite happy to learn about Arch and other distros. All I need is someone to help from time to time because 'googling' does not always provide the information being sought.

I think that 'user friendly' means that things, WiFi cards for example, will work 'out of the box' without a lot of hassle with the CLI which can be a bit daunting at times for a lot of people. Also it means having guys around who do not mind sharing their knowledge and helping others.

Thanks again for your help

Chris
 
  


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