Re: idea to end browser and spatial problems

On Wed, May 12, 2004 at 03:03:06PM -0600, Donald Henson wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-05-12 at 12:51, Alan wrote:
> > On Tue, May 11, 2004 at 07:05:04AM -0700, David Wagoner wrote:
> > > Well here is my idea on how to make everyone happy
> > > with the whole spatial vs browser situation. Instead
> > > of using a gconf entry make a preferences option for
> > > nautilus which will allow users to select which mode
> > > they want. This will make it easy for new users to
> > > disable it if they dont like it since preferences is
> > > the first spot people check to change things.
> > 
> > Why not just make it easier to switch between the two?  The mac finder
> > has a button on the top right of each finder window which essencially
> > switches between spatial and browser view.  Would it be possible to add
> > something like this to nautilus?  Have a button or toggle somewhere
> > which basically just switches from browser style to spatial style?  
> > 
> > There probably isn't a way to do this directly (IIRC spatial and browser
> > mode are completely different codebases), but there might be some sort
> > of magic that allows this or can fake it.  
> > 
> > Just a thought.  I have been using spatial for a while and still find
> > that there are times I prefer to use browser mode, and sometimes it's a
> > PITA to navigate down to the same location via the browser instead of
> > just being able to change modes.
> > 
> > Alan
> Yes. Choice. That's what we need.

Well, a bookmarking system would probably be better here.  I usually
work around it by adding launchers to take me to common places.  Maybe adding a "Places" menu where one could add the bookmarks might be appropriate.

I personally love spatial.  It's very intuitive for me because
I generally use it to manage files.  I do not however use it to
browse around places.  I generally have a place to go rather than
looking around.

What we're seeing here (obviously) is a culture clash between windows 
world and GNOME world.  

As Jim said earlier, I think it's really a question of how we use our
desktops here.  Do we browse or do we do something else.  I don't browse
because the way I set up my desktop is very organized into particular
well defined chunks.


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