i would have thought mine was such a common question that there would be a simple solution already built in to xubuntu - but there isnt.
i have 2 separate external hard disks and connect them to a usb port at different times - i would like them to be automatically mounted as read/write, but apparently the designers of gnome-volume-manager decided that shouldnt be possible and they are mounted as read-only
in fact, i can write new files to them, but cannot then delete the new files i just wrote!
is there a workaround? i read somewhere that etc/fstab doesn't apply to removable media, which are mounted by gnome-volume-manager and therefore cannot be unmounted by a user