– Quentin Moore
One of the complaints about Chrome OS is the severely limited Chromebook file manager. It seems like Google is encouraging (read: forcing) users of Chrome OS to keep their data in the cloud by not providing an elegant, or even adequate solution for managing files locally. Luckily, Michael Connick just came up with a brilliant work-around. It makes use of the built-in browser functionality to navigate and manage files and directories via a web page interface. Check out the details on Michael’s blog, Staying Connected.
After you try out the “new file manager”, consider checking out the Chrome OS extension, Panelize. ChromebookUser.com contributor Seldon D. has this to say about the extension,
“Panelize is one of my favorite extensions, and makes this work even better. Just save file:///home/chronos/user/Downloads/ to a bookmark in the Panels folder. Then you can open a new “file manager” window in Panelize. Right click on any file, then choose “Save as…” I find this approach way easier than the native Chrome OS file manager for managing local content.”
Thanks to Seldon for sharing the file manager work-around and the extension!
Chrome OS vs Linux. Linux vs Chrome OS. Many folks are asking these days which platform is the best alternative to running Windows or Mac OS. Currently I use the Lubuntu Linux distribution, which is a lighter version of the popular Ubuntu. I have it installed on an early edition Lenovo S10 netbook. I also have Google CR-48 Chrome Laptop from the Google Test Pilot program. In my experience, each platform has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, I will discuss the pros and cons of using each platform.