Home Messages Index
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index

Re: good file manager for Linux?

  • Subject: Re: good file manager for Linux?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 06:00:17 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
  • References: <dls3m0$sg2$1@atlantis.news.tpi.pl> <pan.2005.> <dls8s8$jd2$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <1132596978.278053.213800@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com> <D5pgf.53996$cx7.3558525@phobos.telenet-ops.be>
  • Reply-to: newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • User-agent: KNode/0.7.2
__/ [Aragorn] on Monday 21 November 2005 19:20 \__

> On Monday 21 November 2005 19:16, Larry Qualig stood up and spoke the
> following words to the masses in /comp.os.linux.advocacy...:/
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> __/ [Kier] on Monday 21 November 2005 10:16 \__
>>> > On Mon, 21 Nov 2005 10:23:01 +0100, Jacek Pop?awski wrote:
>>> >
>>> >> Do you know any good file manager for Linux?
>>> I know many good file managers for Linux, but there are pros and cons
>>> to each as you pointed out. It's usually a simplicity-versus-resource
>>> demands trade-off. Different file managers suits different people
>>> (i.e. tastes), purposes, hardware and window managers.
>>> >> Almost everyone knows Midnight Commander. It uses ncurses, works
>>> >> in textmode...
>>> In my individual case (no flames please), this worked fine 10 years
>>> ago when it was either DOS, some GUI launcher, or NC (Norton
>>> Commander in my case). Then came Windows Explorer, but it was not yet
>>> as productive as NC. I stuck to NC and, later on, NC for Windows,
>>> which was disappointing.
>> Back in the "DOS days" there was a file manager named "QDos" (from
>> Gazelle systems) that very few people heard of, but everyone I know
>> who used it really had good things to say about it.
>> It was 'text based' but the app was well laid out. Norton Command like
>> with folders/directories on one side and the files on the other. The
>> beauty of it was how quick it was to use. To copy all files to another
>> directory you would only need to press:
>> T   (Tag)
>> A   (All)
>> C   (Copy)
>> T   (Tagged)
>> then chose your destination folder. There were no meta-key sequences
>> required (Alt+T... Alt+A... etc.) The top of the app where the menu
>> normally goes always had a list of 'relevant commands' that could be
>> performed at the time. You only needed to press the first letter of
>> the command and then depending on what you selected, the next set of
>> available commands was shown. Once you used it a couple of times you
>> could do things really, really fast.

It sounds like the 'find as you type' paradigm, which is very valuable in

>> It was a small app so it loaded quickly too. (Mousing was also
>> available but why?)

If you don't need mousing, ignore it. It rarely distracts and it doesn't
consume (much) resources either. I guess it makes a transition simpler to
the newbies. In due time, many of us use keyboard accellerators in the
desktop environment, but we all start by clicking things with the mouse,
toolbars and menus included.

> I still have a copy of it on a floppy disk somewhere. ;-)  It came with
> its own editor, /qedit./
> It was indeed a handy tool.  Much more compact than PC Tools or Norton
> Commander - after which the Midnight Commander was modeled.  I used on
> my dad's XT, which didn't have a hard disk.  It only had two 360 KB
> floppy drives, and QDOS II fitted well on a boot floppy. ;-)

This possibly predates me...

> It did however not run well on DOS 5.x or in a DOS compatibility box
> under OS/2.  It seemed to only like DOS 3.30 - or at least, the version
> of QDOS I had.
>> [...]


Roy S. Schestowitz      | Windows all-in-one: Word, IE (for E-mail) & iTunes
http://Schestowitz.com  |    SuSE Linux     |     PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
  5:55am  up 19 days  1:49,  6 users,  load average: 2.29, 2.46, 2.52
      http://iuron.com - next generation of search paradigms

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index