Linked by Neven Bijelic on Wed 24th Nov 2004 08:45 UTC
Xfce No doubt, all of you have heard of Xfce and those who haven't will hear about it soon anyway. I remember trying out Xfce for the first time back on SuSE 9.0. I am not sure if it came with the distrobution or if I downloaded it. At the time 9.0 came out I remember thinking to myself "nice, good potential, could be eyecandy, fast..." but I still logged into KDE upon booting. Sure I tried Gnome but somehow for a windows-commer KDE was more user friendly at the time. Update: More screenshots of XFce.
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RE: XFCE and file managers
by bogomipz on Thu 25th Nov 2004 08:29 UTC

While XFCE's file manager might lack some features of ROX, I really wouldn't want it to be replaced by it, as they share something I don't like: the "spatial" concept.

Hm, that's funny since on my setup, ROX is *not* spatial.

If I'm going to get any work done, I need:

a) An address bar that states my current location in the filesytem and allows me to type in it.


While ROX doesn't have a web browser-like address bar, it does let you do what you want. First turn on full path in the title bar so you can see the address all the time. Now, whenever you want to edit the path, try hitting slash ('/'). It even supports tab-completions and let you remove a whole component of the path by pressing backspace once. Plus it updates the file view "live".

b) A back button (not just an "up" button).

This is the only one of your complaints I really see as valid, not that I ever missed this feature myself. (Hint: if you know you want to go back to the current directory later, just spawn a new window and let the old one stay with the path unchanged. If, once in a while, you need to go back and didn't prepare for it, just use the resent locations feature in the menu.)

c) Bookmarks

ROX has bookmarks.

These are my choices, but I'm convinced that everyone has it's peculiar set of buttons they'd like to see to suit thir needs. Picking a default set of buttons is fine. But having that default hard wired ain't too flexible.

Wouldn't it be better if you could customize the toolbar and add/remove the buttons you need, like in Firefox? Is it something hard to implement?


ROX lets you choose what buttons to display, by default they are all enabled. You could argue that the buttons it provides are a bit limited, though. Personally, I feel they are adequate and that more features would mean more bloat. Of course, if the majority of the users want a feature and someone implements it, the main developers should let the patch into the main tree.