PCMan File Manager (or PCManFM) is a lightweight alternative to GNOME’s Nautilus file manager or Konqueror/Dolphin in KDE. I found it to be an excellent option for more sophisticated GNOME users, as well as those with slower computers.
PCManFM’s main features are tabbed browsing similar to a web browser’s (which Nautilus will be getting soon), a clean interface, and high speed.
PCManFM’s interface looks similar to Nautilus, but more compact with smaller toolbars and icons:
PCManFM integrates well into GNOME, my file templates (
File->Create New->) are
used as well as my bookmarked locations. However, it doesn’t use GNOME’s virtual
filesystem, which means no
smb:// addresses for browsing the
network. Also, one would expect the tabs to be re-orderable like in Firefox, but
they are not.
My two favorite features in PCManFM are
Tool->Open Terminal and
Current Folder as Root, these tools could save a lot of clicks and typing. The
permissions tab of the File Properties window offers finer control over file
permissions for advanced users. I also noticed that PCManFM will display a
warning bar while you are running it as root to remind you to be careful.
Picture thumbnails are supported, but you’ll need to turn up the maximum file
size from 1024 KB in the
Preferences dialog to view high resolution photos.
Also, you’ll need to select your preferred terminal from the drop down list to
use the open terminal tool.
Install PCManFM from the package pcmanfm (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install pcmanfm
Start PCManFM from
Applications->System Tools->PCMan File Manager.