Originally Posted by vdemuth
Either with, or without Dbus/Hal/Howl et al running as daemons on my box, there is absolutely NO difference to the detection/mounting of my removable media.
Well, HAL and D-BUS don't actually do
anything with the media and you didn't mention having a volume manager installed, so what did you expect? They just pass messages to other programs telling them that something has changed. Unless you have another program listening for those messages, you're obviously not going to see anything.
As for the media:/ IOslave, I always thought it was pretty much useless, so it's not worth the trouble to set up HAL and D-BUS just for that. However, the volume manager that comes wth KDE 3.5 is a different story. It responds to HAL events such as inserting a CD or USB drive and can prompt you for an action based on the type of disk, e.g. mount a data disk or rip MP3s from an audio disk. It's really quite handy.