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gentoo is a two-pane graphical file manager. This application lets users do almost all of the configuration and customizing from within the software. If you still prefer to hand-edit configuration files, they are easy to work with as they are written in a readable format (XML).

One of the design goals with gentoo has been to provide extensive customization and configuration abilities, and to do so from an integrated, graphic, interface. The user should not have to edit the configuration file directly "by hand", and especially not have to restart the program for changes to take effect.

gentoo offers a fairly complex and powerful file identification system, coupled to an object-oriented style system, which together provide control of how files of different types are displayed and acted upon. Additionally, over a hundred pixmap images are available to be used in file type descriptions.

gentoo uses the GTK+ toolkit and is written from scratch in C. It attempts to capture the look and feel of Directory Opus, a notable file manager written for the Amiga home computer.

 gentoo 0.20.4

Free to download



Emil Brink


System Requirements

Support Sites:
Mailing List, SourceForge Project Page

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Reasonably small and fast
  • Aims to be completely graphically configurable
  • Support for most common file operations (copy, move, rename, makedir etc)
  • Uses GIO, which means file system access is virtualized
  • Direct graphical configuration of most main features
  • Powerful file recognition system that allows you to configure how files of different types are listed (what colors and icons), and what happens when you doubleclick them (start image viewers, music players, etc)
  • Includes more than 120 original pixmap icons (16x15 in size)

gentoo in action

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