I have tried to use the new file manager many times, and for simple tasks it’s rather OK, although not for file editing. I have issues with some UTF-8 characters when I open a file for edit, especially our Swedish characters ÅÄÖ, they often is shown as a diamond with a question mark inside. And yes you can open multiple files for editing using different tabs but that in not a user friendly and time efficient way to work. In JFM you can have all windows up front and in view and still see your file managers navigation tree and selected folder contents.
I have also tried the upload and extraction of compressed files, and yes it works… kind of… all extracted files is root-root, in the JFM they get the directories user (if I have selected that in JFM config), otherwhere i can choose user before extraction. Sometimes I have hundreds of files and/or folders in a ZIP I upload, and doing this in the new file manager is a real pain!
And the going back and forth in folders all the time… yes you try it your self, imagine you have several domains you want to update with similar code, in JFM I can expand all domains to preferred folder, for simple overview and then open all files for editing in the same browser view for fast copy-paste, editing or compare. Try to accomplish that in the new file manager.
I know it’s wrong to be such a big fan of a dying Java plugin, and the reason I am is that there are no replacement that has the ability to do the same things yet.
The JFM has always loaded fast and has also been really fast when you use it and when working in the text editor, has a clean look and interface and is a real dream to work with. I know both Oracle and Firefox (that is the browser I use) is soon killing the Java Plugins, But before they do I will stop the “evolution” on one of my computers, stop all updates on OS and software to have a machine that still can run the JFM. I actually already has a cloned machine ready for it… I really hope you don’t remove the JFM module completely.
I also still use the old Virtualmin Framed Theme, I think it is cleaner and easier to work with. The Authentic Theme is really nice and looks new and fresh and would be my first choice if my customers had access to Webmin/Usemin/Virtualmin but they don’t, and has no wish to do so either, almost all our customers are municipalities and municipal companies and their contractors, we provide special online services and features for them and their citizens with our own software. We do store rather much information of all their citizens and this requires good security and high quality on our services. We have been providing these services for about 8 years now, almost without any problems or downtime… we have not been able to do this without Virtualmin Pro (with the JFM) and the support from Virtualmin crew.
I really hope there will be some worthy and competent replacement for the Java File Manager because it has been my most important feature/plugin in Virtualmin Pro.