"Your secret route to desktop empowerment, runs straight through
the file manager. You can think of the file manager as the control
center for your everyday tasks, as opposed to the Linux control
center or the Windows control panel, where you go to troubleshoot
and tweak your system, or to customize your desktop.
"You visit the control center only when you have to, which is
less and less often once things (hopefully) settle into a workaday
routine. The file manager, on the other hand, is called on
continuously to create folders, move files, preview images, and so
"What got me started on all this was a recent conversation I had
with Ming Poon, the Xandros VP for software development, in which
he explained why Xandros eschewed KDE's generic UNIX file manager
in favor of a home-grown Xandros File Manager [XFM], that's tightly
linked to the Linux OS. Now building a file manager has to be a
huge task, and, in Ming's case, it's been his pet project ever
since his days a manager of Corel Linux..."