Clean-up How Devices are registered with the system and mounted etc.

Registered by John Bradley Bulsterbaum on 2008-03-07

With Ubuntu (and linux in general) we have devices that have /dev/ designations, but they also have /[mount points] and they have different various configuration files (mtab, fstab, etc.) to edit. Unlike Windows, re-paritioning and re-formatting also requires manual editing of config files, and doing so leaves old entries unaltered; Windows, however, beautifully handles partitions; it recognizes which are/not there; recognizes what file systems it knows or not; it can reformat and resize without editing any config files by hand; it will find devices without them at all; etc...it's beautiful: and such tiny gems will make all the difference between fixing bug#1 and just panting after that goal.

We need a more intuitive graphical interface, transparent and auto-handling of these tasks [and others which should be considered] (in Gnome, KDE, and others etc.). I know of the Gnome editor and the KDiskFee one, but these too are clumsy, unable to do these kinds of tasks transparently, and so on. We need the system to "just work": to figure-out what there and what isn't; to keep features to hide things if we want...but not automatically.

Ubuntu also needs to fix bugs like the ntfs-fuse failures: NTFS working one minute...and failing the next. Unacceptable! And I think this all would go far toward squishing bug#1.

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