Why removable device menu not default?

Hey all,

Just wondering why something like [1] has not been made default for the new Desktop.

Isn’t this a feature that many people expect, especially when coming from Windows or Mac?


[1] https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/7/removable-drive-menu/


Nautilus the file manager shows mounted drives by default. If one so wishes to have drives show up on a traditional desktop - then using Tweak Tool, activate Nautilus to manage a desktop. Then select what you the user wishes to have presented on that desktop. Mostly Linux is about choice.


Some operations don’t require Nautilus to be open, e.g. automatic scheduled backups. You plug in the drive, the backup starts automatically. Once done, this tray icon is an easy way to eject it without having to go to the Desktop or Nautilus.


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I think that’s the kind of feature to request to dash to dock upstream as we don’t want to diverge/fork from their version. Having them in the dock is what makes most sense, launching the default file manager app.

https://github.com/micheleg/dash-to-dock if you want to open it :slight_smile:

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@didrocks, thanks for your feedback!

Having them in the dock is what makes most sense, launching the default file manager app.

You mean adding an icon for the removable device to the dock on the left?

If you clarify this, I am happy to open a request upstream! :slight_smile:

I would say listing removable devices in the Dock itself, and have an option to umount them (clicking on them would open Nautilus directly)


Like this! Or this option could actually become part of the Nautilus context menu (the one that has “Show Details”, etc.). :slight_smile:

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Cross referencing [1].

[1] https://github.com/micheleg/dash-to-dock/issues/625

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FYI, this [1] looks very promising!

[1] https://github.com/micheleg/dash-to-dock/pull/619

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Looking nice! I commented a little bit with some hints on pratical questions they have


Nice update. Will this be availible in 17.10 or is this a feature that will land in 18.04 ?

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We only add bug and security fixes to released version (new features introduces new bugs and new behaviors to learn). So likely 18.04 :slight_smile:


That’s sounds pretty logical! :slight_smile: