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Monday, May 9, 2011

‘Udev-notify’ provides Ubuntu notifications when connecting USB peripherals

Whilst the name of this app isn't the most memorable, what it does is.
By default Ubuntu provides no feedback whether the connection of a peripheral  device – such as a webcam or usb thumbdrive – has succeed or failed. Windows, for example, uses a set of audio notifications to relay such status.
udev-notify brings a similar functionality, albeit a visual one using Ubuntu's Notification system, to your desktop.
Once installed the small 'app' runs along in the background and displays an Ubuntu notification 'bubble' when you a USB device is connected, removed or otherwise changes. Whether it's a digital camera, Mobile phone, USB thumb drive or an iPod – if it's supported in Ubuntu then udev-notify can notify you about it.


Udev-notify currently supports Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04, as well as many derivatives (Mint, eOS, etc). A .Deb file can be downloaded at the link below.

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