"In my four years of using Linux, getting usb drives, memory
cards, cd-roms, and Windows shares in a state where I could
actually use them has been one of my most frustrating problems.
Printing, by comparison, has been far easier. I was frustrated even
that I had to use the 'mount' command, not to mention all the
issues with getting it to work the way I wanted it to. In my four
years of using Linux, it has gotten a lot better about
automatically detecting and mounting devices; in particular, I
almost never have to mount hard drives or cd-roms manually any
more. Other devices, however, remain problematic. You may never
have to use the mount command in Linux. You may also win the
lottery jackpot; I wouldn't bet on either. This article is intended
to help new users save a lot of the time and trouble that I have
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