this is an fyi... mostly:), BUT there is something here for the file systems / media mount gurus... downloaded m3 and test installed it with a minimal x window option, then i blackballed strigi, akonadi and i think something else, then i added the kde3 repository, first time *without* adding the hal- enabled repo, got everything working fine, alas, new media info was sketchy, so i added the "hal-enabled" repo. The only thing different is that new device notifications are now 100% accurate, BUT, when it comes to my fujifilm 500exr digital camera, the same error that exists on 12.1 continues on: the camera is identified as a "usb camera interface", given the location /media/camera, BUT, clicking on it only produces a recursive ?media/camera/camera and an error message that the file "does not exist"!futher clicks just show /media/camera/camera/camera/.../camera..., never is there a lower level entry... the same camera is easily read in 11.1 and 11.4, but *NOT* in 12.1 and 12.2 so far. I can gain access to the xd card via a direct plug in on my laptop, but that too is problematic as it leaves a mess of partial files behind when i try to clear it. so not exactly a show stopper, but a serious problem for me so far... another item is that i can not make wicd work for now, and that's my favorite wifi manager. wifi works fine as set up thru yast, so the broadcom setup is almost there (still need a wired connection to set up wifi in my dell), but i wopuldn't like to fire up yast any time i try a connection on the road... any ideas are welcome, thanks in advance, d.