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Community: Krusader: File Manager for Almost-GeeksDec 01, 2004, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matej Urbančič)
[ Thanks to Matej Urbancic for this article. ]
Most graphical operating systems use single-window file management as their default. The reason might lie in the idea that most of their users prefer using a mouse over a keyboard.
On the other hand, real geeks use the command line, since that
way they won't have to bury themselves in thousands of opened
windows. Programmers found out ages ago that there can be a middle
path for the file management. Thus, the two-panel paradigm was born
and it has its own philosophy: orthodox file
management or OFM.
Not long ago, all *nix users were all geeks--only in recent days have ordinary users started looking at open alternatives. Among these ordinary users there are a lot of so-called power-users that can do sharp things, but still need a GUI to feel comfortable. Windows already had this special group of users, while Linux is still battling for them.
The open source community serves a lot of commander-type
applications, but none of them yet prevailed. The reason might be
because of dispersed programming where, everyone rather starts his
own project in his spare time, then joins a software group with a
decently evolved program.
Krusader has the standard look and feel of all OFMs on every OS. What makes it special in the Linux world is not these standard features, but many extras. Krusader supported tabbed panels even before its Windows rival did, as well as extensive archive handling, user mounting, SMB and FTP protocols, advanced search, directory synchronization, file content comparisons, powerful batch renaming, and on-key root mode. It is (almost) completely customizable, fast and looks great on your desktop, as the authors put it.
Krusader is getting complete, but its authors have even more
tricks up their sleeves.
The developers have also made it easy to send a file as an attachment through email.
Krusader has an implementation of internal viewer called
KrViewer, which can handle different file formats and actually uses
Konqueror code. This means that it can view every file type
viewable by Konqueror. When the file type cannot be determined or
when a file is not associated to any action, it disables the
'generic viewer' and the file is treated as a text file. Viewing
dovetails well with editing. Krusader's internal editor has almost
everything what you can expect of an editor.
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