Monday, 28 June 2010

How to: Install Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu Lucid

Nautilus is the default file browser in Ubuntu. Nautilus Elementary is a stripped down version of Nautilus redesigned to maximise the on-screen real-estate.
  • reduced display of toolbars
  • vertical or horizontal toolbars (vertical useful for netbooks with reduced display height)
  • much simplified Nautilus file browser window
  • better breadcrumb navigation
  • better resizing of contents

Install Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu Lucid
There is a PPA  repository for easy installation to Lucid 10.04 (another PPA for Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 is available). You can add the source through Software Sources or Synaptic, but I found it straightforward to run a set of terminal commands to do the whole job.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
Adds the PPA to your sources list.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Updates the sources list and pulls in the Elementary package.
nautilus -q
Restarts Nautilus using Elementary layout.

Elementary Breadcrumbs needs a separate install (close the fiule manager first):
change back to your /home folder
Fetches the Breadcrumbs code (I wish gnaag wouldn't name things 'hack').
tar -xvf nautilus-breadcrumbs-hack.tar.gz
decompresses the code to the right folder path.

Run Nautilus Elementary,  go to Edit > Preferences > Tweaks
Tick the  'show like breadcrumbs' checkbox.
Restart Nautilus with Elementary Breadcrumbs enabled:
nautilus -q

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