Sunday, 4 June 2017

Polo Beta 7

Beta 7 release of Polo File Manager is now available. This a private beta and available only for people who are supporting this project. You can make a donation via PayPal or Patreon if you wish to get added to the beta mailing list.

You can download the last public release (Beta 6) if you wish to try out this application. Public betas are released every 6-8 weeks.

What's New

Terminal Panels

  • Each tab now has an embedded terminal that can be toggled using the F4 key or using the icon in statusbar.
  • The terminal is powered by the Fish shell with features such as auto-suggestions, color themes, man page completions, etc.
  • Please be aware that fish is NOT bash. Fish has its own scripting syntax that differs from bash. Read the fish documentation for reference, or type bash in the terminal to start a bash session when you need it :-)
  • There's an option in the right-click menu to chroot into a Linux system installed on another partition. Network and display sharing are enabled by default, so it is possible to connect to the internet and start GUI applications in the chrooted terminal :-). Type exit when you are done to exit the session cleanly.
  • You can maximize the terminal using Maximize in the right-click menu. This will hide the file view and the entire tab becomes a "terminal tab". You can use this tab as a terminal and other tabs for browsing folders. Use the Unmaximize option to display the file view again.
  • Working directory for the terminal is initialized to the current folder that is open in the tab. You can cd into other folders as required. Use the Change directory option to cd to the folder that is open in the folder view.


Boot ISO

You can now boot ISO files in a QEMU/KVM virtual machine using the ISO > Boot option in right-click menu.

QEMU/KVM Support

Polo now provides options to create and manage virtual machines with QEMU/KVM.

The qemu-kvm package must be installed on your system for these features to work.

To create a new virtual machine using QEMU/KVM:

  1. Right-click on an empty folder and use the Create Disk option to create a new virtual hard disk.
  2. Right-click on the disk file and select Install from ISO. You will be prompted to select a bootable ISO file for a Linux distro or Windows setup disk. Select the ISO file to start the VM and install the OS on the virtual disk. Exit the VM after installation is complete.
  3. Right-click on the disk file again and select Boot Disk to use the installed system.

Use [ CTRL + ALT ] to grab and release the mouse inside the VM window.

Use [ CTRL + ALT + F ] to toggle fullscreen mode inside the VM window.

Following disk formats are supported - QCOW2, VDI, VMDK, VHD, IMG.

CPU, RAM and other resources to be allocated for the VM can be configured from Settings > Advanced.

  • If you do not wish to use these features, uncheck the Show KVM in context menu checkbox. This will remove the KVM options from the right-click menu.


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Users who donate get added to the beta mailing list, and would be the first to receive new features and development releases. Beta builds are released every 2 weeks, and public versions are released once a month.

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