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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arkeo
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2008-04-21

No matter how great it is for some people it still will not suit everyone. Atleast I deeply hate the spatial mode, it's annoying to use and I very much prefer the browser mode. As such, any improvements to the browser mode will benefit me and anyone else who doesn't like spatial mode.


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No matter how great it is for some people it still will not suit everyone. Atleast I deeply hate the browser mode, it's annoying to use and I very much prefer the spatial mode. As such, any improvements to the spatial mode will benefit me and anyone else who doesn't like browser mode.

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So, it's a matter of personal preferences, and as such continuing a debate over this seems pointless.

But, responding to another post, stating that "navigating through a vast and complex FS with lots and lots of files and folders in spatial is a huge pain in the neck", I'd like to point out that in System 7/8 (OS 9, whatever) you had a System Folder with maybe 200 files in it, and only bad apps installed crap in the Extensions Folder.

That is to say, it is not necessary to have an OS that scatters minuscule files in 3418 different locations, and apps that do the same--forcing an unnecessary UI development such as the Browser mode: if your OS runs on 100 or 200 files, and your apps install as one APP or .exe or whatever, spatial mode starts to make more sense.

Browser mode is a good way (which I don't personally like) to overcome a problem that lays above: incoherent and senseless proliferation of huge amounts of files, both at the OS and the application level. In this Linux (BSD, all *NIX) sucks...

Solve that problem and nobody would need browser mode, because the original Object-GUI paradigm of Desktop/Files/Folders would make sense again...

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