Yep! that was the first thing I checked. It tuns out things aren't quite as dire as I suspected after some further investigation. BTW, depending ON the media that gets mounted on SuSE, the "group" could be many things. Udev "groups" are supposed to correspond to actual /dev groups I think, AND my users have been portioned out accordingly.
What HAS happened is the the "media services" normal users are seeing in KDE, i.e. why do I NOT get the CD player as an option when I mount an audioi CD? (a la WIndows), are not the same as what "root" sees. The answer is my "normal" suers are missing some media protocol setup files in
But why? is my next avenue for exploration.
So, thanks for your reply. For the time being anyway, I'm thinking KDE issue rather than kernel mounting issue.
More to come I'm sure.