Re: commander


On Thu, 2005-08-18 at 00:51 +0300, - Alex - wrote:

> > I'd recommend you install the right tool for the job.  If what you
> want
> > is two-pane shortcut-driven usage, you can either open two nautilus
> > windows in browser mode and arrange them side by side, switching
> among
> > them with alt+tab, or install another file manager and put a nice
> icon
> > in the panel.  You can run Konqueror under GNOME if you desire.
> Come on man, you know that what you say is not right. Using two
> windows with "internet explorer"-like interface side by side siply
> sucks. 

Then, by all means, use another tool.

> May I ask what are the design goals of Nautilus and, if they exclude a
> commander-like interface, why can't they be changed? 

The nautilus goals are integration with the Gnome environment, as far as
I understood.

Providing a Uber-Geek, You-won't-believe-this-aint-so-nineties,
commander-like UI I really don't think would fit with the Gnome desktop.

> Installing another software is not right for two reasons:
> - as microsoft proved, if a sistem comes bulded with a software the
> majority won't look for another piece of software even if it's better
> (see internet explorer)

Please, bear with me if I'm asking a dumb question: you are advocating a
commander-like UI, which is undoubtely a power-user feature, and yet you
complain that nobody, except power users, will be able to find it?

> - there is no usable commander for linux (except midnight commander
> which is text mode)

Then, by all means, you can begin writing a code to fit this niche.

> I would like to ask the developers, if they decide to exclude a
> "commander" option for nautilus to do a poll first.

What is this, practicing democracy or a meritocracy?

If you want such a feature, you can code it - or pay someone to code it
(even by using bounties), if you don't know how to do it yourself.  It's
open source software, you know...

But asking for polls on features - that is even worse than design by


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