Master the KIO slaves

Hard-working KDE Input/Output (KIO) slaves perform much of KDE's functionality. KIO slaves provide consistent access to different resources, such as filesystems, network protocols, and search functions, making them accessible to all KDE applications in a standard way. For example, you can open a remote FTP session and copy, move, rename, or delete files as if they're on your own box, or connect via Secure Shell (SSH) and use remote files as if they were local. Even browsing the Web uses a KIO slave.

Using KIO slaves, you can turn your common, run-of-the-mill programs into versatile tools for dealing with local and remote files or with different protocols. For example, Konqueror doubles as both a file manager and a Web browser because it uses different KIO slaves for each function.