New Look Nautilus Divides Opinion

new-nautilus in Ubuntu 12.10The latest version of the Nautilus file manager has been released by the GNOME developers for the Gnome-3 desktop.

If you thought Elementary was sparse, this one has even less window clutter – and less features, leading GNOME co-founder Federico Mena-Quintero to describe it ‘vandalism.’

Further theme integration for Ubuntu has yet to arrive, so it looks a bit bland and out of place under mbiance and Radiance. I'm not a fan of it under Adwaita either (Adwaita is an overhyped bastard child of Max-OS circa 2001 anyway).

The changes the most recent update are significant:
  • revamped toolbar 
  • use of ‘symbolic icons’ in the sidebar
  • ‘Just type’ searching
  • Sidebar entry re-ordering
  • Application menus moved to a one-button ‘cog’
  • Icons show at 32px by default
  • New ‘date’ list view
  • ‘Copy to…’ and ‘Move to…’ actions (now let you choose where to move/copy to)
  • Removal of the ‘Go’ menu
How Ubuntu Unity is going to handle such a drastic face-lift is yet to be determined. There's no reason why the Ubuntu Design Team has to keep all the new elements (keep the symbolic icons, revert, or do something of their own?). There could be a nasty clash with this “cog” device; unless the menu items are “moved” into the App Menu they won't be accessible via the HUD.

Personally I'm wanting more functionality in Nautilus as a one-stop shop, not less. Perhaps that's me being an old-fashioned power user (or lazy SOB). RC




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