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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Missing the point entirely...
by arkeo on Tue 21st Jul 2009 16:25 UTC
arkeo
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2008-04-21

It's not the implementation that is faulty, it's the concept behind it: web-browser-style file managers will always feel clumsy and unpractical. They borrow an interface paradigm that was not designed to manage files, but to explore and navigate content: the difference might be subtle at first, but very much substantial in everyday use.
Nautilus in spatial mode is what drew me to Linux in the first place, after several years of His Majesty the Finder...

Long live spatial file managers! =)

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