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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Funny Stuff
by deathshadow on Tue 21st Jul 2009 19:19 UTC
deathshadow
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2005-07-12

That they consider the sidebar to effectively be chrome - mind you in the 'places' format it's next to useless, but switch it to 'tree' and it almost makes nautilus useful.

But then, I've always loved the Tree paradigm for displaying a filesystem. First thing I do in any OS that lets me is default the sidebar to tree, make DAMNED certain the address bar/location bar/whatever you want to call it this week is set to show the TEXT location, and for **** sake turn off the giant ******* icons in file view and show me a damned detail list with date and filesize!

You want to talk about waste of screen space, the chrome around the files isn't it, those stupid eye-candy bullshit file icons that don't tell you anything apart from the filename is the damned waste.

Though it could be worse, could be that stupid spatial navigation nonsense - nothing like ending up with 20 windows open on the desktop just trying to get to one directory. It's why I consider the oldschool mac filesystem UI next to useless - The new 'column' style finally fixing one of the OS' greatest shortcomings.

Maybe I spent too much time using XTree as a kid (Nortons Commander was for schmucks), but way too often I end up on machines screaming "Oh for **** sake, just show me a damned filesystem tree!"

Am I the only one who automatically switches to list/detail view, and for whom the icon view just pisses them off?

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RE: Funny Stuff
by suryad on Tue 21st Jul 2009 19:38 in reply to "Funny Stuff"
suryad Member since:
2005-07-09

No sometimes I do switch to the detail view as well.

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