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    Talking Any good alternatives in Linux for Windows' "Total Commander" File Manager?

    Hi All!

    Moving all our XP PCs
    to Linux Ubuntu 14,
    (on April 8 - after MS stops all Security Updates to XP...).

    Q:
    Any good, ***stable*** alternatives in Linux,
    for these EXCELLENT Windows-only software ?

    a) "Total Commander" = file manager (Tabs and allows drag & drop btw 2 Panes).
    b) "AutoHotKey" (AHK) = easy script-writing utility.
    c) "Hamsin Clipboard" = light clipboard mgr (allows cut/paste of 10 clpbd entries!).

    Been using all three pgms.
    in XP for years,
    and it's the only 3 programs I'll sorely miss in Linux...

    (You can not run them
    under the Wine Emulator or in a Virtual Box
    - that wouldn't make any sense).

    Thanks for any opinions, experience, etc. ,
    on solid LINUX alternative programs
    to replace the 3 listed above...


    SF99
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    Some of this depends on the Desktop Environment you are using. If you are going to be using the stock Unity, you will have to dig around in the software center for some cool alternatives, my favorite non-DE specific file manager would be SpaceManFM, has multiple viewing choices, and supports drag and drop between all panes. Alternately, Dolphin in KDE is fantastic.
    Best choice for script-writing is probably VIM.
    I am uncertain whether Unity comes with a stock clipboard manager or not, I don't use Ubuntu anymore, but there are sure to be plenty of them available in the software center. You should download an Ubuntu live DVD and run it in your home PC, or even at work if they allow that, you can give it a test run and poke around in the software center ahead of time to see what you like. There are tons of resources online to help get you familiar with Ubuntu, since it is one of the most popular Linux distro's around. Google is your friend.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, Mike.
    In my case, it will be Ubuntu 14 w/Unity.

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    Can't speak for the second 2 requests, but Midnight Commander is a tool very much like Total Commander and works well in Ubuntu.

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    Thanks, rmallen07!

    Do you know if "Midnight Commander"
    can be installed easily,
    using the "Ubuntu Software Center"?

    That would be the easiest route
    for relative new Ubuntu users...
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    iirc, it is listed as a software for installation in the Ubuntu Software Manager. Just do a search on it from within the Software Manager.

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    I use Gnome Commander which is a little more friendly if you have a local lan (ie 192.168.....) than Midnight Commander.
    BTW Total Commander is also available for Android and works nicely. On Android an alternate file manager is Ghost Commander.
    It seems that if you develop a 2 panel file manager, you are obligated to some higher power, to name it a something Commander.

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    "...It seems that if you develop a 2 panel file manager,
    you are obligated to some higher power,
    to name it a something Commander. "

    Totally agree with you, Mkrabach!

    btw:
    - would "Gnome Commander"
    work ok under Ubuntu's Unity UI interface ?
    (you said Gnome Commander
    is a Gnome prog...).

    Isn't the Ubuntu Unity UI
    different than the Gnome UI ?

    I'm not sure now.
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    Clipboards & scripting

    SF99,

    For your c) clipit or diodon are both clipboard managers which may well be what you're looking for. clipit is probably simpler to get started with.

    When you say Ubuntu 14, presumably you mean Ubuntu 14.04, which will be an LTS (long term support) version. My experience so far, with the alpha & beta versions, is that it supports modern hardware very well. There is no reason to think that older hardware will not function, as long as the processor is suported by Ubuntu, which it almost certainly will be!

    In terms of scripting, your b), the usual solution in Linux is to use bash, but there is a utility xmacro which might be what you are looking for. If you need browser scripting, then there are browser plugins, as I understand it, for both Firefox & Chrome/Chromium. Caveat emptor: I've no direct experience of this.

    Good luck,

    R

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    thanks for those specific prog suggestions, Rag2.

    I think we are compiling
    an interesting list of prog alternatives in this thread,
    for those of us moving from XP to Linux (ubuntu 14.04 LTS, in my case),
    next April 8.

    This is really useful to many of us...

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    Just google 'file manager linux' – there are truckloads of them.

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