"Linux file manager ontogeny encapsulates the history of
GNU/Linux. File managers began as command-line and generic
graphical tools and progressed to desktop-specific ones, gaining
sophistication along the way, with mouse controls, for example,
replacing buttons. Today, the more than a dozen options highlighted
here will suit users with widely varied interests.
"Many modern file managers no longer try to be an all-in-one
application for everything from copying files to archiving them. In
some circles, file managers even seem to be considered obsolete,
judging from the fact that many distributions no longer include one
on the desktop, and some users seem to prefer search tools like
Beagle to organizing their files into directories..."