The Thunar Path

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at
Wed Nov 16 18:35:38 CET 2005

aussiefax at wrote:
> Interesting article off Slashdot today about Type Managers replacing
> the standard File Manager.  I thougth perhaps the Thunar team should
> take a look at it.
> Point being.  Why develop a new File Manager only to turn around and
> have it be outdated.  Linux has a LOT of files and the average user
> doesn't care about 99% of them.  A Type Manager system closely
> integrated with something like Beagle, in my opinion, is the best
> path to take for XFCE.  I know it's easier said than done, and I am
> no programmer.  But as a user I know the Type Manager system is what
> I'd like to see in my favorite linux desktop.

I wonder if you read the article.

"Type Managers are intentional interfaces for files that have similar or
the same type of data. [...] They present a user interface for a
specific file type."

So, a "Type Manager" and a "File Manager" are different in design. A
"File Manager" would be useless if limited to a certain kind of file
(who would use a file manager that can only handle plain text files?).

The paragraph that deals with "File Managers" doesn't tell much
actually. The "Type Managers" should be integrated with the file manager
to generate thumbnails (guess how Thunar generates PDF previews), the
file manager should provide access to file management tasks (surprise,
surprise) and it should display remote filesystems (just wait for D-VFS).

I kinda missed the paragraph with the "Type Managers replacing the
standard File Manager" sentence. Also, I don't get your point. What do
you want to tell us exactly (except that you read slashdot)?

> Ryan Buller


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