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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Spatial vs Browser
by fresch on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 06:47 UTC
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2)The upstream developers are already updating the toolbar so you can customize it to look like whatever you want (including these mockups)

Now, that is great news, hope they get that done and fast!

Discussions of Nautilus seem to always end in a "Spatial vs. Browsing" mud-slinging flamefest. *throws compacted mud-curve-ball into crowd*

Never got what's so great about spatial mode. I tried it on several occasions for varying lengths of times, but ultimately always switched back to browsing mode.

Now, my guess is, people that are prefer spatial have very shallow hierarchies and almost never go huntin' through several levels of hierarchy to find one or some folders/files, or some such (ie. browsing.)

In such a case, where a certain folder/file is the target (and all you really care about!), spatial fails hard, because by then there'd be a bazillion junk spatial windows. (I know there is "double middle click", good joke btw.)

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!

Could not agree more!

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