CD-ROM.desktop on KDE desktop / mounting drives as users
on my desktop in KDE, there's an icon for CD-ROM. I can click on it and open my cd rom drive when I haven't logged in as root and mounted the filesystem. I know i don't have an automounter installed, and i'm wondering how the icon mounts /dev/cdrom without root privelages. i used the cat command on it, and it just described a link to /mnt/cdrom, which would explain things if I had already mounted /dev/cdrom, but this icon works even after i UNmount. Why does this icon work, or rather how does it work?
while i'm on the topic of drive mounting, how can i set up my sytem to make the cdrom and floppy drives user mountable? I tried changing the permissions on the block devices /dev/hdb (my cdrom) and /dev/fd0, but mount just says that only root can mount. umount says only root can unmount. how can i make my drives user-mountable?