PCManFM with tabbed browsing


Article from Issue 79/2007

Convenient file management beyond Nautilus and Konqueror is very much a real option. The PCManFM program is an attractive option with lean architecture and innovative features.

If you are looking for a lean alternative to popular file managers, check out PCManFM. This Gtk+ software needs little in the line of resources. Heavyweights like the Gnome file manager, Nautilus, or the KDE project’s Konqueror file manager make it easy for today’s users to manage files and directories, but sometimes they are too much of a good thing, which can actually slow them down. The two giants take a leisurely approach on less powerful
systems. At the same time, they are tightly integrated with their own desktop environments and need several libraries from the desktop’s basic system if you want to install them. This consumes disk space, which is at a premium on many machines. Because the file manager is a central tool on many computers, its speed is critical. Now that PCManFM’s developer, Hong Jeng Yee, has solved the teething trouble that earlier program versions had (see the “Interview” box), PCManFM version aims to combine convenient use and speed on less powerful machines. Jeng Yee has already fixed critical bugs, such as the software’s tendency to lose the content of the clipboard without any explanation. The road map now includes tasks such as fine tuning and more

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