Chapter 7. Using the Filesystem

In This Chapter

  • Sailing the filesystem with Nautilus

  • Swimming through with Dolphin

  • Taking a look at Konqueror

  • Using CDs and other removable media


There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years, the dirt doesn't get any worse.

 --Quentin Crisp

In Chapters 4 and 5, we took a look at the GNOME and KDE desktops, and saw how to use them, but one skill was deliberately skipped: handling files. Chapter 6 addresses how to work with the filesystem on the command line and where to find things. This chapter focuses on pointing and clicking your way through your directories and manipulating your files with ease.

Choosing a File Manager

The key to managing files and folders from your graphical desktop is the file manager program — a nice graphical interface that offers neat access to the mess of files and folders present on your system. Instead of having to dig through the welter from the command line, you just point and click your way to a managed filesystem!

However, as with just about everything else in the Linux world, you can choose from several different file manager programs. The one you use in your desktop mostly depends on which desktop you're using. The main players are

  • Nautilus: The default file manager used in the GNOME desktop.

  • Dolphin: The new file manager used in the KDE desktop.

  • Konqueror: The old file manager used in the KDE desktop, still popular today because of its versatility.

Of course, just because a file manager is the default ...

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