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This specification is about providing a consistent and user friendly representation of the drives and volumes over the desktop

Release Note

The drives and volumes representation has been made consitent over the desktop and their naming has been simplified


At the moment the drives and volumes are not represented in the same way over the desktop (computer location, fileselector, places menu) and the naming is confusing in some cases

Use Cases

  • Martin has connected has several window partition mounted on his desktop, they have explicit name which make it easy for him to find the one where his music is stored


Naming to use on the desktop:

  • use the label if there is one available (also for unmounted partition)
  • if there is no label use the hal vendor information
  • if there is no vendor information appends the /dev device name

Volumes to hide:

  • volumes that can't be browsed by the user (EPERM)
  • volumes that are automounted at boot in a "standard known directory" (/home, /var, /usr, etc.)
  • add a layer in gvfs/gnome-vfs to hide some of the volumes => the user can click Remove in nautilus to hide the volume

When an user mount a volume without a label ask him for one

Look if ubiquity is setting label to partitions, if not teach it to do it

Make partitions editor set label on partitions their create (gparted?)

Add way to change label easily ( (


Test/Demo Plan