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    Xubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Arrow HOWTO: Replace Nautilus with PCMan (4 Steps, No Fuss).


    PCMan works great as a drop in replacement for Nautilus.

    PCMan works well with GNOME and has options to "Open Current Folder as root" and also "Open Terminal" .
    Its fast, uncluttered and has tabs!

    * Extremly fast and lightweight
    * Can be started in one second on normal machine
    * Tabbed browsing (Similiar to Firefox)

    Original idea from:

    OS: Ubuntu 7.10
    Architecture: 64bit.

    Install pcmanfm from the package manager.
    Applications > System Tools > PCMan File Manager
    If you find that you like PCMan and want to have "Places" use it instead of nautilus do the following:
    Start the PCMan File Manager and go to:
    In PCMan "Open Current Folder as root"
    Tools > Open Current Folder as root.
    Make a backup copy of the files below (copy and paste and add "_bak" on the end of the file name.

    Change the line in each with starts with Exec=

    For nautilus-computer.desktop: Exec=pcmanfm /
    For nautilus-folder-handler.desktop: Exec=pcmanfm %U

    Note: You can go quite a bit further in replacing nautilus if you wish (see gsiliceo's post below) but the steps I have detailed above give the most change for the least effort.

    Old tip - See this post for latest NEWS
    Last edited by SilverWave; April 12th, 2009 at 11:24 PM.

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