Ubuntu abandons Nautilus / File, it will have its own file manager

The changes that the GNOME development team has brought have not liked many people and it is no secret to anyone that, Canonical and GNOME have had their encounters on several occasions so it would not be strange to anyone if Canonical wants to get rid of that dependency that ties it to GNOME.


The latest versions of File (old Nautilus) have been mutilated with many of the functionalities that made it a fairly complete file manager, so Oliver Grawert, Ubuntu developer, poses on the mailing list Ubuntu-Desktop, that the time has come to use the applications based on QML for the convergence of Unity across all devices.


with the planned switch to unity8 in 14.10 it is most likely that we will also start using the converged QML apps that are developed today.

With all the complaints and unhappyness about Nautilus upstream ripping out things like dual pane and other beloved and helpful features I expect we can do better and I think this is the right time to:
collect requirements
file whishlist bugs
if * you * want to contribute, get in contact with the developers (CCed)

the new core apps are all 100% developed by the community under guidance of the canonical design team.

the code for the filemanager can be found at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-filemanager-app

it is running on phone and tablets already and has a proper convergence mode adapting to bigger screens.

If the change occurs, it would be for the launch of Unity 8 together with Ubuntu 14.10. At the moment a firm decision has not been made in this regard, but as they say out there “When the river sounds, it is because stones bring".

What is QML?

Much has been said about QML and the use that Canonical is given in Unity and according to Wikipedia is:

QML (Qt Meta Language) is a JavaScript-based language created to design applications focused on the user interface. It is part of Qt Quick, the UI kit created by Nokia together with the Qt framework. The QML language is mainly used for mobile applications, where touch input, smooth animations and a good user experience are crucial.

QML elements can have functionality added using JavaScript code, either in the same file or by contributing .js files. Also, QML can have extended features in C ++ using the Qt framework.

Another development just like Mir?

Are Canonical's GNOME Decisions Appropriate? Will this new file manager have a future or can it run the same path as Mir? These and other questions can only be answered with time.

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  1.   elav said

    Interesting. QML has proven to be an excellent option (we are already seeing it in KDE) and it is good that they decided to put a stop to the GNOME craze of maiming Nautilus.

  2.   AdrianArroyoStreet said

    Sounds like a good decision for Canonical to me as every time I try GNOME 3 I get depressed when I see Nautilus.

  3.   pandev92 said

    It is normal, if unity will be based on qt5 it does not make sense to use a manager in gtk3.

  4.   vicky said

    I must be the only one who likes nautilus and the ubuntu program seems very little http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHTlWzWEgsU

    Considering that ubutu is going to use qt5 and that kde is going to be more modular in its new version, dolphin could be a good option

  5.   Gurren_Lagan said

    Hopefully ubuntu improves and using QML can be a very good option.

  6.   Xykyz said

    You could see it coming ...

    PS: «when the river sounds, water carries» at least in my land xD

  7.   Juanra20 said

    It seems to me that Ubuntu would do well to make its own file manager.
    Gnome Shell (interface and software that are part of Gnome) I liked until 3.8 but now in 3.10 I think they must make an urgent change.

  8.   let's use linux said

    What a scoop! Even before English-speaking blogs ... Linux is going up!