Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jul 2009 15:43 UTC
Gnome Quite a little interesting tidbit on Planet GNOME today. As we all know, the default file manager for the GNOME desktop is Nautilus. While there's nothing inherently wrong with it, it does have this odd interface where actually more screen space is dedicated to controls and buttons than to the actual part that matters: your files. As part of Ubuntu's Papercuts project, a fix has been worked on.
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One-size doesn´t fit all
by porcel on Tue 21st Jul 2009 16:06 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

22" monitors at 1680x1050 are very cheap and are slowly becoming the norm in much of the industrialized world.

People with impaired eye-sight and new computer users have trouble hitting tiny icons. Big icons are not wasted real-estate in this case.

In summary, smaller is not always better. In general, this patch could do more harm than good, if it cannot be easily reversed. The gnome people should take notice of how KDE has done it.

Dolphin takes just the right amount of space and is easily customizable

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RE: One-size doesnôt fit all
by spikeb on Tue 21st Jul 2009 16:50 in reply to "One-size doesn´t fit all"
spikeb Member since:
2006-01-18

dolphin takes up MORE space than nautilus browser mode does

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KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Dolphin's tool bar and side bars are totally configurable. In my personal setup, Dolphin uses less than half the space for tool bar and side bar than Nautilus does in browser mode.

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DataPath Member since:
2005-06-29

"Memory is cheap"
"Computers are getting faster"
"Monitors are getting bigger"

Yes, because the desktop is the ONLY place that software is useful, right?

Embedded systems outnumber desktops by orders of magnitude.

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spikeb Member since:
2006-01-18

why would an embedded system be running nautilus (or gnome)?

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RE: One-size doesnôt fit all
by dvhh on Tue 21st Jul 2009 17:48 in reply to "One-size doesn´t fit all"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

sure this 22" monitor is sure easy to fit in my suitcase(nevermind a backpack) and can run on cheap light battery.
Not everyone use a desktop tower as their main computer.

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jonathane Member since:
2009-05-31

Perhaps there should be an easy way to adjust icon size, font size, etc. in Nautilus for smaller or larger monitors. My toshiba laptop with a 12" screen is already short on real estate.

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RE: One-size doesn´t fit all
by Delgarde on Tue 21st Jul 2009 21:21 in reply to "One-size doesn´t fit all"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

22" monitors at 1680x1050 are very cheap and are slowly becoming the norm in much of the industrialized world.


There are increasingly more laptops being sold these days than desktops, and netbooks with tiny 9" or 10" displays are also becoming pretty popular. And I can certainly testify that the default file manager window on Ubuntu is bordering on unusable on a 1024x600 screen.

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Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Yeah, I need at least 1024x768 to make GNOME bearable.

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