Standardised Hardware Support Spec - Please Review

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Apr 5 18:58:47 UTC 2007

On Wed, Apr 04, 2007 at 12:57:06PM +0100, Alex Jones wrote:
> This comes about as more and more people question why their computer
> starts bluetooth services when they don't have a bluetooth device, or
> why I have a HP printer driver control panel applet, or a Palm Pilot
> sync applet, or PCMCIA services, etc. etc. etc...

This was a conscious decision.  Our belief is that users should not need to
find or install additional software to make use of common devices.  They
should "just work" out of the box.  If your intent is to suggest a way to
address the problem of superfluous menu items, a better way to do that would
be to investigate hiding the menu items unless the relevant hardware is
detected (via HAL).

 - mdz

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