The default file manager in ubuntu is Nautilus which is annoying. Because I have files, and I would like the experience of storing data in files to be not annoying, I try to supplement Nautilus with a less annoying alternative.
There are many options here. But I recommend …
fman has a clean design and modern command-palette interface.
- discoverable keyboard shortcuts
- typeahead navigation
- you can write python plugins to extend it (but will you, really?)
- missing gnome-sushi file preview.
- now you have two different ways of opening folders whcih is cognitive friction
- costs EUR18 (FWIW this seems cheap for an essential piece of infrastructure)
- I have not yet worked out an easy way of switching to it from gnome (e.g. “open this folder in fman”
As to the last one, if I do this
xdg-mime default fman.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
it nearly does what I want, but it opens a new copy of the app rather than switching to an active version.
Switch back to, e.g. nautilus with
xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
A KDE alternative. Like fman it is a dual-pane view. It is maximalist with lots of features, and whilst it does not require a KDE desktop environment, it certainly works better if you have all the KDE stuff. I find it too obsessively busy for my taste.