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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RE[2]: Comment by merkoth
by merkoth on Tue 21st Jul 2009 17:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by merkoth"
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Browser mode already disables the traditional location bar ...

True, but you were able to cycle between location / breadcrumb with a button. It wasn't the most intuitive thing in the world, but a keyboard shortcut isn't even visible.

... and the up button is pointless with the breadcrumb bar anyway.

That is, if you have it enabled. The breadcrumb is fine to keep track of your browsing history, but it's useless when you need to "jump" from your current dir to a different one unrelated to your browsing history.

But who am I kidding, it's not like I'll start using Nautilus' GUI, it's always been a trainwreck (how is one supposed to open a new tab without using the keyboard?). Fortunately, using it with a keyboard is still possible.

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RE[3]: Comment by merkoth
by jonathane on Tue 21st Jul 2009 18:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by merkoth"
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I totally agree. Nautilus is flat out ugly and impractical. This minimalist approach is one resolution, but I'm more excited about this other project to make it more easily customizable (skinnable?) Maybe different distributions and users will come up with better interfaces.

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