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Re: Call for vote: Nautilus use Browser view for fedora 11

On Fri, 2008-12-19 at 12:12 +0100, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> I don't understand this harsh reaction. Yes, I am the maintainer of
> natilus, yes I am the primary developer of nautilus for at least the
> last 5 years. Yes, I am the packager of nautilus in fedora. Yes, I
> implemented (not invented!) spatial mode in nautilus, for the reason
> that I think its a good UI model for a file manager, especially one
> targeted towards non-computer-experts like nautilus.

But this your opinion vs, other opinions. And yes, your opinion weighs a
lot more because you are the maintainer, but it may not be any better in
terms of UI design.

If you guys were so "conservative" when this feature was forced on
people (initially you couldn't even turn it off easily!), it would never
have been set as default. The initial rationale was that it's great, and
people will get used to it. AFAICT, that didn't pan out (in fact, of the
10 or so people that I directly know using Linux, techie or not, none
use the spacial mode).

Also, please realize this is not just any regular feature -- it's one of
the most visible behavioral differences in a desktop. And it's so
removed from what people are used to that it's bound to cause confusion
to non-experts.

Do you truly think it's all that better compared to the regular mode
that it's worth the risk and confusion associated to changing well
understood behavior?

Dimi Paun <dimi lattica com>
Lattica, Inc.

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