@hcvv: (Sorry for the delayed answer, but things at home tend to be hectic sometimes…) I know that the behaviour of kde 4.4 should follow the path that you’ve mentioned in your post, but unfortunately mine (once upgrading from KDE 4.3) doesn’t.
As I have already stated, when I was in KDE 4.3, at least, I was asked for the root’s password (for mounting and unmounting my usb devices) and after that things progressed as expected. Now, in KDE 4.4, I am not even asked for the root’s password.
This could well indicate a possible regression in the new device notifier of KDE 4.4 (the inability to request from the user the root’s password via a dialog box), but in any case, I could run around the issue, if I could alleviate my current system from the requirement to have root privileges in order to (un)mount a usb device. That is currently my aim: to find out more about why my (home) desktop insists on requiring root privileges for such actions, whereas my other (work) desktop does not require any such privileges and can successfully perform the (un)mounting task even under KDE 4.4 9 (on behalf of a regular user).
Thus, I believe it could prove invaluable if anyone could direct me towards finding out more about the HAL/DeviceKit thing you’ve mentioned in one of your previous posts…
@both MattBClassic and hcw:
YES I have been following the upgrade path for many-many years now: In fact, I’ve been upgrading both my (open)SuSE systems, since version SuSE 6.3 (or 6.4, I cannot quite clearly remember now). And yes, from the time the option to use ReiserFS had been made available, I opted for it (without any second thought), as I thought (and still believe) that it is one of the best filesystems out there (of course if Mr. Reiser himself hadn’t followed the choices he made with his personal life, things would most certainly be much better nowadays, but that’s a different story…)
This upgrade journey had a lot of hiccups in the course of time, but I won’t regret any decision I made regarding this upgrade cycle: I have two (2) systems that evolved through the time and retained a lot of the data (and software) I produced in the meantime.
Whichever the case, though, regarding my current issue with (un)mounting a usb device, I am convinced that the problem lies more or less at a settings level, since I have, as I already mentioned, two (2) separate desktop systems (home and work), which have both gone through the aforementioned upgrade cycle, which both have openSuSE 11.2 and KDE 4.4, but with the home one facing the issue, whereas the work one does not. Hence, I still believe that I can work out a solution, once I am given some useful directions about where to search and how to understand a few more things about the difference in the elevation of privileges (for usb devices) between my two (2) systems…
Any help would of course be highly appreciated!
Once again, I would like to thank you for your immediate concern and patience!