October 25, 2013

Alternatives to Nautilus File Manager (3)

With Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10, the Nautilus File Manager has been stripped down to be more simple. For those who want their old Nautilus features back, you can try installing Thunar,  PCMan, or Nemo file managers. Thunar is available in the Synaptic Program Manager. PCMan is part of the LXDE desktop. The Cinnamon desktop also has a new file manager called Nemo.

Below is a screenshot of the Thunar File Manager:

Thunar, the default Xfce file manager, has reached version 1.6.0, getting a much-requested feature: tabs.

thunar 1.6.0 tabs

For now, using middle click to open a folder in a new tab doesn't work so you must right click a folder and select  "Open in New Tab". You can also open a new tab using the Ctrl + t keyboard shortcut.

Thunar 1.6 also brings side pane fixes, various cleanups for the toolbar and an option to permanently delete files or folders.

Besides tabs, Thunar 1.6 introduces features like file properties for multiple file selections, support for remote mounts and bookmarks, a new shortcuts sidepane and improved transfer dialog, side pane fixes, various cleanups for the toolbar and an option to permanently delete files or folders.

Complete changelogs for Thunar 1.5.x and 1.6.0 stable, HERE.

Install Thunar 1.6.0 with tabs support in Ubuntu

Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04 users can install the latest Thunar 1.6.0 by using the official Xubuntu Xfce 4.10 PPA.

Thunar is available in the Xfce 4.10 PPA so if you use Ubuntu 12.04, you'll also get Xfce 4.10 by using this PPA!

To add the PPA and upgrade to Thunar 1.6.0 in Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.10
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then, log out, log back in and enjoy the new version with tabs support.
For other Linux distributions, you can grab the Thunar source via http://git.xfce.org/xfce/thunar

Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/11/install-thunar-with-tabs-support-in.html

How to install PCMan File Manager:

Below is a screenshot of the PCMan File Manager:

How to Install PCMan File Manager in Ubuntu Linux?

PCMan is the default file management tool (manager) that comes with the LXDE desktop. Since the LXDE desktop environment is designed to use as little resources as possible + it's well known for its speed, so as the PCMan.

So if you feel like the Nautilus is a bit slow or just would like to have another alternative (just in case :D), then PCMan can be a handy little application. Both Nautilus (Gnome's tool) and Thunar (Xfce file manager) are both a lot similar in characteristics, but if you're a bit new to LXDE, then think of PCMan as the simplest version of both Nautilus and Thunar.

Main features...

*. According to the developer himself, it's designed as a replacement for Thunar (if you're looking to do that), so the general GUI and the look-n-feel as you can see is very much like it.

*. Drag-n-drop support.

*. Side pane view which shows favorite folders and mounted drives (including network drives, etc).

*. Copy/move/delete/rename, etc files (okay, I feel stupid after saying that :D).

*. 4 Different types of views (thumbnails, detailed, folders and compact).

*. Open a Terminal in a give location (also as the root user).

*. Bookmark support.

*. Tabbed view support.

*. A preference window that lets you configure things such as - Confirm file deleting, delete files without moving to Trash, disable thumbnail generation for a give file size, change icon size, mount volumes automatically, etc.

These are just a few to name. Although as said it's trying to be a Thunar replacement, please be aware of the fact that it does not have the ability to generate video thumbnails at the moment (well, it's been there for a while now :/).

Anyhow, you can install PCMan file manager in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install pcmanfm
So other than the video thingie :), if you're looking for a file management tool that loads fast, low on your PC system resources ... then PCMan is a pretty handy application nonetheless.

Source: http://mygeekopinions.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-install-pcman-file-manager-in.html

Cinnamon Nemo File Manager:

Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04 or 12.10 users can install the latest stable Cinnamon by using the stable PPA.

Important: in my test under Ubuntu 13.10, installing Cinnamon broke the Unity session (I was unable to log in to Unity until I removed Cinnamon; this didn't occur in Ubuntu 13.04) so use it at your own risk!

Add the PPA and install Cinnamon in Ubuntu using the following commands
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon
Then, log out and select Cinnamon from the login screen session menu.

For other Linux distributions, see the Cinnamon downloads page.

Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/10/cinnamon-20-released-becomes-entire.html

The Cinnamon Desktop can be found here: