Tuesday, September 4

Install 'Nemo' in Ubuntu 12.04, A Nautilus 3.4 Fork by Linux Mint


Clement Lefebvre, lead developer and founder of Cinnamon and Linux Mint, recently blogged about Nemo, a new file manager based on Nautilus 3.4.

Nemo in itself is now a new project and it will be tailored specifically for Cinnamon desktop environment. Clem says:

[...] Nautilus 3.6 is a catastrophe. It removes features we consider requirements. We welcomed the news that Canonical decided to stick to Nautilus 3.4, but it came too late (we were already experimenting with Nemo) and it only temporarily solved the problem for Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

[...] The file manager isn’t just a file browser, it defines how the user interacts with filesystems, documents, and the visible desktop. It’s a core part of any desktop and it’s important it properly integrates with it.

Nemo has following new features:
  • All the features Nautilus 3.4 had and which are missing in Nautilus 3.6 (all desktop icons, compact view, etc..)
  • Open in terminal (this is part of Nemo itself)
  • Open as root (this is also part of Nemo)
  • File operations progress information (when you copy/move files you can see the percentage and info about the operation on the window title and so also in your window list)
  • Proper GTK bookmarks management
  • Full navigation options (back, forward, up, refresh)
  • Ability to toggle between the path entry and the path breadcrumb widgets
  • A lot more configuration options
Upcoming Features:
  • A proper status bar
  • A layout which is more similar to Caja (MATE's file manager), where the pathbar/path-entry field is below the main toolbar and only spans across the view pane
  • Configurable toolbar buttons for hidden features (view-selection, zoom levels…etc).
  • An action API (which allows you to define context-menu actions by writing .desktop files and mapping extensions with open-with actions)
  • Better widgets
  • Better search
You can try latest Cinnamon and Nemo file manger from PPA by running commands below. Beware that these are development builds and may break your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo

Screenshot of nemo in Ubuntu 12.04:


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