Re: Quantal Alpha One Experiments
There are a few advantages to doing it the new way.
Originally Posted by jerrylamos
Firstly, /run is tmpfs, whereas /media was (by default) a real directory on the rootfs, meaning that to mount filesystems under /media, the user needed write access to that directory. This also meant that read-only rootfs was out of the question.
Secondly, there existed a possibility for mountpoint collisions. Since the system attempts to mount removable filesystems at a mountpoint that matches the filesystem label (or failing that, volume ID), what if two concurrently logged in users each plugged in a USB stick that had a label like "Photos"?
Thirdly, the filesystem permissions of removable FAT/NTFS are usually set such that only one user can access them (uid/gid set to current user), so it doesn't make much sense to put them somewhere communal like before. If a filesystem really does need to be accessed by multiple users, it's probably more likely that it's permanently attached, and mounted at boot time via /etc/fstab.
How Ubuntu determines under which user's name to mount removable media (if multiple users are logged in)... that I'm not sure of.
Linux user since Slackware 3.4