Hardware plug-in feedback in the free desktop
At the moment, GNOME does not give any feedback to the user when a device gets plugged in. If the hardware is recognised and a driver for it found, then a piece of software might be executed if previously defined: that's it and not yet user friendly.
Here comes hardware-feedback, a little Python experiment relying on HAL that displays appropriate feedback and potentially useful hints when a device is detected.
Here is the result:
A notification appears immediately when a device is plugged.
Webcam detected: the Tango project needs an icon for that, anyone?
For those who would like to start hacking, here is the bazaar branch:
A number of improvements are possible:
- helping the user to find a solution when no suitable driver is available on his/her computer
- providing the user with software handling the device well (think Cheese for a webcam)
- rewrite and integration in gnome-volume-manager
- audio feedback in addition to the visual one