“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. Three questions come to mind: Why did they do it? Was it worth the effort? What’s the future of the XFM?” The article is focusing in the tweaked Xandros file manager.