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File Managers Available for Linux

written by: jwiz168•edited by: Eric Stallsworth•updated: 6/25/2010

Users will be able to organize their files in Linux. By using one of the three featured file managers, it can really help users understand the complex structure of Linux, which is very different from other operating systems.

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    Linux Is Quite Different

    Learning Linux - or short for GNU/Linux - is a complex task. This is especially true for people who are used to a graphical user interface (GUI) operating system like Microsoft Windows XP. In order for the users to be comfortable with Linux, package developers have made file management very quick and easy to understand. There are a lot of file management applications to choose from, but we will only discuss the most essential ones here.

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    Introduction to Text-based File Manager

    Basically, a user can run the Linux operating system with a bare specification. He or she can explore the open source operating system without having a graphical user interface as most of it, do. The reason for a text only mode operation of Linux is that it can free up a lot of hardware resources, and eventually services that are being hosted by the Linux box can run efficiently. If a novice Linux user is having a hard time copying or deleting files, mc or GNU midnight commander is available for Linux. It is a free file manager . It is similar to Norton Commander for DOS, including its key commands. Mc offers users a full screen text application that enables them to copy, move, rename, delete or transfer files from different directory trees. Users can even search files using mc and will able to run a Linux command in the built-in sub-shell of the featured application. Users can also see and modify files in mc with its internal viewer and editor. Linux users have long been using mc commander. It is really suitable to have it installed on a Linux box.

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    GUI-based File Managers

    In a graphical mode of Linux, GUI-based desktop environments can also be considered file managers. Linux desktops are all over the Internet . Developers have only one reason why they flooded the web with so many GUI environments for Linux. It is to promote Linux as a better alternative for users around the globe. Two of the most common and popular desktops are being consider in this article - the GNOME and the KDE desktop environments. Both of them can do more than file management . If a user is already familiar with browsing through screens and forms using a mouse, file management can be very easy. Users can left-clck to select files or drag a file to any folders, representing the action of a user moving a file from one directory or folder to another. Dragging a file to the recycle bin or trash represents deleting it.

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    Working with files is a very hard task. When the number of files becomes cumbersome, users may have difficulting managing them anymore. With an unfamiliar command prompt-type operating system such as Linux, one can get confused of how the files can be viewed, edited or erased. Users must equip themselves with proper program applications such as file management software. Organizing files will be easier to handle no matter how many the user has to manage.