Kubuntu vs. Ubuntu

Howard Coles Jr. dhcolesj at gmail.com
Wed Sep 19 04:25:18 UTC 2007

On Monday 17 September 2007 05:55:42 am Marti Andrews wrote:
> Okay here I am in KDE, over top of Ubuntu. I keep reading about this fstab
> folder, I don't have one. And once again, I can't find my usb drive, or my
> other hard drive, in order to get to the contents of them. In GNOME, the
> icon of the usb drive was right on my desktop and it was easy to add the
> other one as well. I can't even find them to add them TO the desktop, in
> KDE. And I'm a she, not a he. Hehe.
> I DO like KDE better, so I'll keep taking a stab at this.
> Marti
> > On Sunday 16 September 2007, Derek Broughton wrote:
> > > KDE & Gnome _don't_ generally find your fixed drives (USB connected
> > > drives are another matter).  The fixed drives are listed in /etc/fstab
> > > and I guarantee the same version of Ubuntu & Kubuntu will find the same
> > > ones.
> >
> > This is what I was getting at with my own assessment as well.  I assumed
> > the bits he wasn't seeing via Kubuntu should be in the category of stuff
> > the installer would put into fstab, so it should be desktop-neutral.
> >
> > Now that I re-read and realize he said "NTFS" instead of "NFS" (I didn't
> > think his perspective through, and I switched away from Windows before
> > NTFS was common) I'm thinking it's probably something different at the
> > desktop level, and the user is finding the GNOME way more intuitive for
> > this.
> >
> > GNOME and KDE really are quite different, and maybe this issue really is
> > a userland problem after all.  It sounds like maybe the GNOME way of
> > doing whatever this user is trying to do is more intuitive to him.
> >
> > I can't really understand the underlying issue, since I don't have any
> > NTFS partitions, and seldom use graphical file browsers for anything. 
> > I'm afraid I can't relate well enough to be of further use.
> > --
> > D. Michael McIntyre
> >
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I haven't read through the VERY long now, thread so forgive me if anyone has 
mentioned this.

You may need to delete the ".hidden" (note: the period is important, its a 
signal to Linux to hide a file) files in both / (the root of the Directory 
structure) and in /media

type this in a text console:
sudo rm /.hidden
then type this:
sudo rm /media/.hidden

If sudo asks for a password its YOUR password.
Then you should be able to view all the directories on your system.

Also if you:
sudo su - 

(make sure you include the dash "-" at the end.)

you can just browse around as root and compare what you see in the window as 

to open a konqueror window as root you'll need "sux" installed.

sudo apt-get install sux

is the command.
Once that's done:

sudo sux -
instead of 
sudo su - 
and you'll be able to open graphical utilities from the shell. :-D

(If you hit [Alt]+[F2] you'll get a run command line similar to Windoze, 
type "konsole" and hit enter and you'll get a command shell).

See Ya'
Howard Coles Jr.
John 3:16!

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