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Nautilus Knock-Off

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supermike's picture
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Is there a Nautilus knock-off out there that runs much faster? I'm wanting my Nautilus desktop, but when I try to open home, I'm getting tired of waiting. I want it to be really zippy. I don't care about special icons except a difference between files and folders.

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You could use any file manager combined with idesk... destop comfiguration completely differnt (and not "intuitive"), but faster.

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There is actually a lightweight file manager alternative for nautilus; Thunar.

It is intended to be a new default file manager for Xfce desktop environment, but can of course be used on any other desktop environment or window manager. I use it all the time with openbox. It is really snappy, looks good, has all the basic necessary features and is fairly stable even though it's still pretty much beta.

It doesn't however draw desktop icons, but that might be possible at some point too or you could use it in combination with something that does, like idesk, xfce desktop or even nautilus desktop.

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I was looking for an Ubuntu package on the repositories for Thunar, and I didn't want to go all the way to install the xubuntu-desktop. So, for Ubuntu users append the following two lines of code to /etc/apt/sources.list

Breezy users:-

deb http://gauvain.tuxfamily.org/repos breezy backports contrib
deb-src http://gauvain.tuxfamily.org/repos breezy backports contrib

Dapper users:-

deb http://gauvain.tuxfamily.org/repos dapper contrib
deb-src http://gauvain.tuxfamily.org/repos dapper contrib

For more info about the repositories, check http://gauvain.tuxfamily.org/repos/ :smiling:

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Guys, this Thunar thing is way cool. I love it. The GNOME project should just give up on Nautilus and absorb this, making the gnome-panel and gnome-desktop into separate projects entirely.

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"supermike" wrote:

Guys, this Thunar thing is way cool. I love it. The GNOME project should just give up on Nautilus and absorb this, making the gnome-panel and gnome-desktop into separate projects entirely.

I disagree. There were some things in Thunar that I quite like, but Nautilus has also some features that I quite like. Same goes for Konqueror. I really love Konqueror's functionality (would definitely not mind seeing something of that power for GNOME), but whatever it is you like, don't try to force it on others, even if you reckon it's the greatest thing in the world.

I believe it is very important for these projects to exist, just like I think making sure both GNOME and KDE exist in the future is of great importance. Choice is what FLOSS is all about, afterall. :smiling:

Cheers.

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gnome-panel is seperate. or at least it was back on FC2.... I remember killall'ing nautinlus on that without panels or the like dieing.

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These pieces of software have its place. Nautilus in a GNOME package is a good thing while thunar in Xfce package is great thing as well.

The thing is you can use whatever combination you wish, so it really isn't necessary to have GNOME embrace thunar nor any other project embrace something else than what they're using, especially if what they're using works good and has some advantages of its own.

You can always combine stuff, and that's awesome (like my openbox + xfce4-panel thing) Laughing out loud