DeviceKit-disks Renames Itself To UDisks
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 2 December 2009 at 05:35 PM EST. 11 Comments
As Alan Coopersmith pointed out after mentioning the X.Org plans to move away from HAL, the DeviceKit-disks project has renamed itself. DeviceKit-disks is now to be known as udisks. Coming next week, the DeviceKit-power project is also going to rename itself to upower. The dropping of the DeviceKit name is being done to reflect that no daemon is being used in the current implementation but that its reliant upon libudev and libgudev.

While a project name change alone isn't too important, they are also changing the API, libraries, D-Bus addresses, and everything to reflect the new "udisks" name. Yes, everything. Any application that is dependent upon DeviceKit-disks / udisks is going to need to be revised to incorporate the name change. DeviceKit-disks and DeviceKit-power can already be found in Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions, so there may also be some pain in the upgrade path of switching over to using the newly named udisks and upower packages. Hopefully though the transition process will go smoothly.

This announcement was made on the DeviceKit development list.

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