Re: Spatial Nautilus

Thanks everyone for the responses, I have read the article a few times and I just feel that most of the spatial features are a step backwards (relying on keystrokes, tons of windows, lack of toolbar) especially since everyone and their mom knows how to use a web browser these days.

I think i'll just use the gconf key. btw, is there a chance this makes it into a preference dialog?


Jens Knutson wrote:

On Thu, 2004-03-18 at 13:39, bbarnich umich edu wrote:
Well maybe someone can enlighten me... Since when did nautilus decide to become
a MacOS 6 clone? I've been running the latest versions of everything since the
2.3 beta days, so I've been using spatial for a while. I hate it. It reminds me
of the default windows 95 settings. I understand that this is supposed to be
better for people who are new to Linux and gnome but let us veterans at least
keep a normal file browser, make a dialog to configure how the file browsing
works. To do even basic navigation I need to learn all these key strokes, to me
this doesnt seem like progress. IMO all these "features" should be options not
defaults. Sorry to troll. responses?


Some simple responses to your questions:

1) Nautilus uses the spatial model now for many of the reasons listed in
this article:

2) Right click on a folder and select "Browse Folder" - you'll be
pleasantly surprised.

3) *After* reading the Ars Technica article, try using spatial mode for
a week or two.  If the benefits don't add up for you, then you can do
this: in a terminal, type
gconftool-2 --type bool --set
/apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser true

(note that should be on one line, not many)

Give spatial nautilus a shot, though - I hated it at first, too, but
once I understood it better and used it for a week or so, it really grew
on me - now I wouldn't have it any other way.

- jck

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