I've been using XFE in the past two weeks, and have
couple of ideas to be shared with the devTeam :-)
Let's talk about them :-)
*** Archiver tool support:
There are couple of archives ppl are working with,
therefore an easy way to view/extract archive formats
would come handy. The Gnome file-roller tool is a hell
to use (if you have to deal with more than 1 archie a
week :-)), so this could help :-)
- Tools to depend on (unpack):
- Tools to depend on (pack)
*** crc/md5 verification/creation
Sounds simple and it is, means 2 dialogs to
create/verify globally, shuold be easy to implement.
*** fstab mount view:
ALT+F1 and ALT+F2 persumably would be a nice to select
the actual mount you'd like to work on (F1 on panel 1,
F2 on panel 2), thisway it'd be easier to reach
different mounted sections, network mounts, etc.
would make life easier big time :-)
Nothing more than gnome-diskmounter with nice icons
(switchable I assume)
*** tabbed view
Saw couple of things before on the forums/bugs list,
however I'd suggest not to implemnet 3 panels then
4,5,6,etc - how about following an old working perfect
way, using tabs and let the user deal with different
dirs and files within them.
*** controls on the bottom
Check mc, seems to be really cool with the F functions
listed on the bottom.
*** commandline (one-line shell)
one lil' line on the bottom or top, can be
sh/bash/korn/whatever the user loves (aka CTRL+E to
migrate somewhere as a toolbar).
*** gnome2 look
this would solve all the feature requests regarding
*** network features
samba connection: can easily be done via gnome-vfs
ftp connection: same applies
sftp connection: ssh/sftp, with ssh options available
(port setting, private key, ssh version, etc)
http connection: to be able to download multiple links
within a .html file :-)
Bookmarks for everyone of course :-)
*** editable toolbar
The toolbar on the bottom should have what else the
user wants to see in there ;-)
*** file operation queuing
This is something I miss almost from all the
applications I met and for file transfers. Would like
to have an editable queue list where you can add and
remove file operations, ftp downloads, etc, which
should be saved somewhere with the configuration files
so can be reopened next time when the app launches and
continued where it got stopped from the last time.
This feature saves lots of phisical time (imagine 3
unpacks, 5 downloads, 2 uploads to sftp in a queue,
happening automatically, so you can go and have a bath,
a coffee, breakfast and do ya girl) :-)
A "shut down when complete" might come handy here as well.
*** advanced bookmarking
As I told you about my networking ideas, just came into
my mind that a simple bookmarking would not be enough
for this. As the user might want to store usernames and
passwords as well, I think the best way to head to
would be an encrypted database type thing that reminds
me most to a small password manager tool attached to
the default "I'll remember your links" feature.
*** plugin/extension support/user functions
This would help you guys a lot (for example, take a
look at mozilla firefox, extensions are the ones
driving its future atm., and well, don't you ever
forget old mc's F2, where you could even "select * from
Thanks a lot for reading all this stuff, I hope you
don't hate me enough after all this :D
$> emerge life
PS: I can give you a hand on designing interfaces.
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