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. Now 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.
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