Linux Mint developers work on GNOME file manager fork

Summary:GNOME is continuing to lose supporters as now part of the Linux Mint programming team start working on a fork of the GNOME file manger, Nautilus.

GNOME loses even more supporters as Mint forks its file manager.

Once upon a time, the GNOME Linux/Unix desktop team could do no wrong. That was a long time ago. More recently,  GNOME has lost many of their Linux desktop supporters. N ow the GNOME developers'  proposed changes to Nautilus, the GNOME file manager, is losing them more fans.  The Linux Mint developers have started work on their own fork of Nautilus: Nemo.

Clement “Clem” Lefebvre Linux Mint's lead developer told me, that the Mint, or more properly the Cinnamon desktop, itself a fork of the GNOME 3.x desktop, programmers reacted “to the upcoming regressions in Nautilus 3.6 (loss of the compact view, loss of some desktop icons, changes in paths hierarchy..etc,) by creating a fork in github called 'nemo.'”

From where he, and a lot of other GNOME users sat, the GNOME 3.6 changes to Nautilus made the file manager far less useful than it has been before. These changes included: getting rid of the compact view for files, dumping the tree model for file directories for a list model, remove extra panes that enabled you to view two files at the same time, and removing the text besides icons from the icon view.

GNOME 3.4 Gallery

Still Lefebvre isn't ready to give up on Nautilus...  yet. He said “no decision was made as to whether 'nemo' was to replace 'nautilus' yet. We'll see how nemo evolves and we'll use the best solution at the time of releasing Cinnamon 1.6.”

However, Lefebvre concluded, “Long term, it's also important for Cinnamon to better integrate with file browsing and desktop management, so whether or not nemo is ready for 1.6, it's likely to become a part of Cinnamon in the future”

A walk through Mint Linux's new/old Cinnamon desktop (Gallery)

In the meantime, if neither GNOME 3.6 or Cinnamon sounds attractive to you, there's always, MATE, a GNOME 2 clone , Ubuntu Unity, or even the brand new KDE 4.9 Linux desktop with its Dolphin file manager.

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Topics: Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, PCs


Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it.His work has been published in everything from highly technical publications... Full Bio

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