I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 and searching for a good file manager to replace Nautilus, based on the following criteria:

  • Overall performance
    • Copying many small files needs to be fast
    • Searching files should be fast
    • Displaying many items needs to be fast, ideally with on-demand loading (Nautilus is quite bad at this point)
  • Straightforward user interface
    • Basically like Nautilus' user interface before Ubuntu 18 and the switch to GNOME
    • Should not be too "laggy"
  • Note that you will probably not be able to completely get rid of Nautilus unless you switch to a different desktop environment. Oct 17, 2019 at 19:28

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You might look at Nemo (https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/07/how-to-replace-nautilus-with-nemo-file.html), which was forked from Nautilus before Nautilus was 'simplified' to death. I don't know if it will meet your criteria for performance.

  • Performance is better than Nautilus, so I guess it meets my criteria :D
    – Luatic
    Oct 17, 2019 at 19:56

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