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#1 2020-02-14 17:31:22

Runion
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New user to bunsenlabs helium but.....

Hi.  I am a runaway from Windows.  I have run Linux Voyager for a few years.  I am the Install and run it kind of person.  I do some package installs and some terminal installs, not a lot of changes to anything in the system.  I like it simple.

I attempted to install MX Linux about a year ago.  I liked how it ran but the FILE MANAGER was irratic.

(When I say irratic, It does not act like the Linux disto file menus, and I must have tried over 100 distros by now.  None act like the file menu in the DEB distro.
I place the mouse over a file and it selects by itself, I move the pointer and it selects the next file but then deselects the previous file.
I try to select multiple files and that seems a whole new battle.  It does not seem to respond to click the first file then move down and use Ctrl V.  It deselects all between.)

I couldn't use it and saw no other option so I shelved MX Linux and when back to Linux distros.
I am looking for a new distro for whatever reason and because of my MX Linux experience, I have tried to stay away from the Deb distros.  However I did find, by chance the Bunsenlabs Helium distro and the reviews seemed very good so I wanted to see it.

I feel comfortable with this distro, but....  the file manager is just the same as the MX Linux file manager, very irratic.

Ok, I am big enough to admit that I may be doing something or I don't understand the file manager but I have used file managers from the time they were invented, and i am talking from the early beginnings of DOS menus.  I have been through all the Windows op Sys's upto but NOT including Windows10, Linux Mint, ubuntu Studio, many other distros and landing on Voyager so I am not exactly the new kid on the block, in some ways.

I am also having a problem with the out dated Adobe Flash that comes with the install.  I can't find a way to replace it.

As for the file manager, does this have different controls than the normal file managers?  As it is, or my not understanding how to use it, and that is a strange feeling if it is true, then at present this program is not beneficial as I need a working reliable file manager.  I am in it during most of my computer time.  any thoughts would be helpful on either subject.

I have been looking through the pages to see what anyone else may have done with the file manager, but I have yet to find even a comment, so whats the secret?

Thanks for any thoughts.
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#2 2020-02-14 18:04:14

malm
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Re: New user to bunsenlabs helium but.....

Hi and welcome.
Many of us are Windows runaways and fugitives, so you're among friends.
Regarding file managers, why don't you try something other than Thunar, for example pcmanfm.

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#3 2020-02-14 18:24:13

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Re: New user to bunsenlabs helium but.....

Bunsenlabs is a Great choice. Obviously you will know it was born of Crunchbang Linux.
Malm suggests pcmanfm. Personally I prefer a fork of that called spacefm
Anyway I hope you like bunsenlabs theyre a great bunch of EXTREMELY knowledgeable devs
with a great distro and forums that are a lot of fun


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#4 2020-02-14 19:16:52

rbh
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Re: New user to bunsenlabs helium but.....

Runion wrote:

I am a runaway from Windows.

Wellcome.

I place the mouse over a file and it selects by itself, I move the pointer and it selects the next file but then deselects the previous file.

Yes, thunar acts default like that. Pcmanfm, spacefm, and some others do not.

I try to select multiple files and that seems a whole new battle.  It does not seem to respond to click the first file then move down and use Ctrl V.  It deselects all between.)


If you hold Shift and select the last file in the range, the whole range will be selected. If you want to add some single files, release Shift and press Ctrl.

I feel comfortable with this distro, but....  the file manager is just the same as the MX Linux file manager, very irratic.

You can use many more. The full list of file-managers in debian repo is on page https://wiki.debian.org/FileManager

I have used file managers from the time they were invented, and i am talking from the early beginnings of DOS menus.

If you liked Norton Commander, you might like Midnight Commander (# apt install mc)

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#5 2020-02-15 01:45:12

johnraff
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Re: New user to bunsenlabs helium but.....

Hi Runion, welcome to the community!

Runion wrote:

I place the mouse over a file and it selects by itself, I move the pointer and it selects the next file but then deselects the previous file.
I try to select multiple files and that seems a whole new battle.  It does not seem to respond to click the first file then move down and use Ctrl V.  It deselects all between.)

This is the default behaviour, but you can easily change it in Thunar's preferences. There's no need to install a different file manager.

Open Thunar, then Edit>Preferences>Behaviour choose "Double click to activate items".
(I prefer it that way too.)


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