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[3]: Check your premise
by jonathane on Tue 21st Jul 2009 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Check your premise"
jonathane
Member since:
2009-05-31

One of the first things I do when installing Fedora is change the nautilus behaviour to act more like a browser. I think this decision is rather popular. The default browser-like interface is ugly, as evident in these images. If you prefer the spatial mode, then by all means, there is no problem.

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RE[4]: Check your premise
by bloodandsoil on Tue 21st Jul 2009 18:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Check your premise"
bloodandsoil Member since:
2007-08-24

I can't stand browsing mode with Nautilus, but that is my preference. Look at my picture link. See how clean spatial mode is?

Anyway, my point was that this article is premised upon CHANGING nautilus from its vanilla default and then complaining about that change.

The original designers/coders (The Nautilus guys at GNOME) intend for it to be used in Spatial mode as default.

If you go and change it it something else, then you can't complain and say that Nautilus has an odd interface that is cluttered. Well, if you used it as it was originally intended, you wouldn't have the clutter problem (see my pic link). I just think the article needs to be upfront about this instead of making sweeping generalizations about ALL of Nautilus, when in fact you are only complaining about a secondary mode that is not even the design default intended from the developers.

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RE[5]: Check your premise
by jonathane on Tue 21st Jul 2009 18:48 in reply to "RE[4]: Check your premise"
jonathane Member since:
2009-05-31

But you can complain about a different interface that is included in nautilus. You're right that it's not the default interface, but it's a popular interface. There's nothing wrong with improving the browser interface, which a lot of people (including me) prefer. As I mentioned previously, if you prefer the default, spatial interface, then more power to you.

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RE[5]: Check your premise
by panickedthumb on Tue 21st Jul 2009 18:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Check your premise"
panickedthumb Member since:
2007-01-04

No, it's making a change to one mode of nautilus. It's not changing something and then complaining about the change. Yes, spatial is clean, but this is not about making browse mode more like spatial, it's merely about cleaning the cruft on browser mode.

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