Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu Maverick, A Quick Review


Nautilus Elementary is probably the best thing happened to Gnome's very own file browser in a long time. I gave it a go in the just released Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" and I was quite taken aback by the amount of improvements with the new Nautilus Elementary.

nautilus elementary ppa ubuntu maverick

What's New in Nautilus Elementary?
Nautilus Elementary brings in all the eyecandy it had for Ubuntu Lucid users plus some new features which are exclusive for Ubuntu Maverick users. Here is how Nautilus Elementary looks like in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick(was using Equinox + Faenza theme combination).

nautilus elementary ppa

Nautilus Elementary now have a Terminal embedded with Nautilus by default and you can enable it by pressing F7. Terminal opens in the current directory, similar to the Nautilus-Terminal script we featured in our top 6 nautilus scripts and extensions post.

nautilus terminal

Nautilus Elementary also integrates Clutterview by default now. It uses opengl and hence if your video card doesn't support 3D acceleration, it won't work. And it is more of a look-good thing than some feature with real value IMO. Enable it by pressing F4 while in Nautilus.

nautilus elementary clutterview

For some strange reasons, I am not able to enable clutterview in my Ubuntu Maverick. When I press F4, it just shows a black screen. Hence the ammonkey's screenshot above. Another important feature worth mentioning is the integration for zeitgeist search engine. Take a look at the awesome video by ammonkey himself demonstrating zeitgeist search engine.

How to Install Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat"?
  • Just add nautilus elementary ppa and do an upgrade.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
nautilus -q
  • Done. Install Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and let us know your thoughts on the upgraded Nautilus Elementary.
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