Re: multi rooted tree sidebar

<quote who="Michael Meeks">

> On Thu, 2003-01-16 at 08:56, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > No. Why would we use a file manager (designed for file management) as
> > the file selector (designed for rapid access to files)?

<snip good reasons for using Nautilus bits>

These are great reasons for reuse of Nautilus code in the file selector, but
in response, I would like to play a somewhat controversial card: The file
selector - especially the grossly over-featured horror we've seen in recent
proposals - DOES NOT MATTER.

We need a minimal, usable file selector, and a fast, efficient, kickarse
file manager. That's all.

This is a very similar problem to "why doesn't my window list work?" early
on in the GNOME 2.0 process -> everyone whined that they wanted their fifty
seven options back, but when the window list was finally fixed to behave
properly, everyone was happy. The options were unnecessary.

In this case, once Nautilus kicks yet more arse, no one will care about the
file selector... because no one will use it. Trying to shoehorn a file
manager into the file selector is ignoring the massive advantages a file
manager has in speed, grokkability, access, usability, etc.

Certainly, the file selector needs some usability love, integration with
icon themes and vfs stuff, but that's pretty much it. Then we can dry the
ink on the file selector history books, and move on.

Let's make the file selector redundant, for the sake of the children!

- Jeff

                            "How was the opera?"                            
                     "The seats were very comfortable."                     

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