Nautilus – When Imagination Becomes Reality

Regular readers of this site will remember a few months back when I made a post entitled Deconstructing Nautilus and Rebuilding It Better. It proved to be rather… controversial. Some of you hated my redesign proposals, others loved it. Very much a Marmite reaction, and to be honest, I was very happy to see that so many people cared about their software. This is a good thing.

Forward a couple of months later and some rather clever man has took my mine and DanRabbit’s Nautilus dreams and made them reality, or as near as we can currently get.

Introducing the Nautilus-MOD:

Nautilus-MOD screenshot


And here’s another screenshot of Nautilus-MOD, mimicking DanRabbit’s popular Nautilus mockup:

The Nautilus-MOD


Perhaps the best part about this mod is that the interface is very configurable, which is a happy bonus. It’s just a matter of clicking some ticks and options in the new “Tweaks” menu, restarting Nautilus, and you can revert it back to the more traditional look.

Preferences window for Nautilus-MOD


Visit the author’s submission on GNOME-Look for instructions on how to install this modification of Nautilus.

Free, open-source software. Isn’t it a wonderful, wonderful thing?

EDIT: FOSS is actually brilliant; the breadcrumbs option, and more, has now been fully integrated into Nautilus-Elementary, part of the Elementary Project. You can check out the main developer’s post about it HERE.

Ian Cylkowski aka Izo

Logo & Brand Identity Design, GUI/UX Design

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2 Comments so far. Comments are closed.
  1. Cam,

    This is why linux is awesome.

  2. Foobar,

    “Perhaps the best part about this mod is that the interface is very configurable”

    You’re doing it wrong and this is why Linux sucks (and I exclusively use Linux for 10 years now). Why do Open Source software developers still think “the more choices the better”? You could probably learn a thing or two from real UI designers. Joel Spolsky, for example, shares his knowledge: