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Konqueror is great, I use it every day; but for me MC is crucial to administer any GNU/Linux box. Installing MC is roughly the 3rd item on my std. check list to make a new install usable.
For those of you not (yet) familiar w/ MC: (from KPackage)
midnight commander - a powerful file manager
GNU Midnight Commander is a text-mode full-screen file manager. It uses a two panel interface and a subshell for command execution. It includes an internal editor with syntax highlighting and an internal viewer with support for binary files. Also included is Virtual Filesystem (VFS), that allows files on remote systems (e.g. FTP, SSH, SMB servers) and files inside archives to be manipulated like real files.
works w/ or w/o GUI
"highlight & activate" navigation
-- w/ keyboard or mouse
easy CLI access
-- i.e. connect either or both panels to a remote machine
Text mode, i.e. no GUI necessary, is the deal-breaker -- I love the ease of reading of my GUI, & I usually fire up MC in a Konsole, rather than a tty/vc; but there are times when X is inconvenient or unavailable, & then I must know I can fall back on MC in its original state. I think that there is a very good reason why the Konsole "Session" menu includes MC & root MC.
I wish that all distros, especially the ones aimed at new users, automatically included MC. For me it is a near crime that Linspire (ugh) & SimplyMEPIS (my favorite) do not include it. My Q for them is: Who do you think is going to help your converts when they need it, and what do you think those helpers' favorite emergency tools are? </ rant>