Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
Mac OS X It's a public secret that there are many people with complaints about Mac OS X's Finder. It lacks several features common to other file managers, and on top of that, it has several issues with dealing with some types of network shares (SAMBA, specifically). While third parties can't fix the bugs, they can extend the Finder's feature set. TotalFinder is a collection of Finder extensions that tries to bring some of Google Chrome's interface ideas to the Finder. BinaryAge was kind enough to provide me with a free license so I could give a quick review of TotalFinder.
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I would actually argue that the Finder does give access to most of the actual file-system. The BSD-derived file system as seen from the Terminal is largely ignored by OSX.

You can test this out by making changes in the /etc directory. The changes make only effect the BSD user-land and not the rest of the operating system.

Instead most of OS X defers to Netinfo's binary database in versions <10.4.11 and to Directory Utility binary database in version 10.5+.

Edited 2010-12-21 03:10 UTC

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