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GNOME Files 3.9.3 Release

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The most significant change Nautilus 3.9.3 brings, is the port of Nautilus Sidebar in GtkPlacesSidebar Widget (Removal of nautilus-places-sidebar.c).

GtkPlacesSidebar is a widget that displays a list of frequently-used places in the file system: the user’s home directory, the user’s bookmarks, and volumes and drives. This widget is used as a sidebar in GtkFileChooser and may be used by file managers and similar programs.

Other than this, 3.9.3 version brings a small but quite nice change in Recent/Search Items. We now can open the parent folder of them from context menu.


Speaking of searching, in Nautilus 3.10 typing  “~” will now force to open Location bar (like “/”) instead of Search view, which seems to be more useful functionality.

There is also a key accelerator change and now “Redo” functionality is bind to <shift><control>Z instead of <control>Y. This shortcut is prescribed by the GNOME interface guidelines and used by other GNOME apps such as gedit.

What doesn’t look good here, is that in every version of many GNOME Modules we get some new shortcuts. These shortcuts are here to stay for the next 10 years (until Keyboard is gone?) and having couple of them reconfigured every six months is something really annoying for users. Do it at once, or don’t at all?

Major changes in 3.9.3

That was the first release of Nautilus with its main maintainer Cossimo Cecchi in his new job at Endless Mobile (from RH) :)

  • Shade rubberbands on the desktop using the wallpaper color (Ted Gould)
  • Port to GtkPlacesSidebar (Federico Mena Quintero)
  • Check for available mail clients before enabling sendto extension (Plamena Manolova)
  • Enter location bar upon entering “~” (Garrett Regier)
  • Add a menu item to open parent folder of search/recent items (Garrett Regier)
  • Use Shift+Ctrl+Z, not Ctrl+Y, for Redo (Adam Dingle)
  • Remove multicontext menu items from editable entries


If you wondering if Cossimo will continue to contribute to GNOME, since he is one of the core members, he says:

I will still be around in the community and resume my GNOME duties in some capacity

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  • Bruno Queiros

    Why the change to Gnome Files from Nautilus?

    • foobar

      Because a brand doesn’t tell you as much about the program as what it is actually doing. Just imagine you are a new user and want to edit your files. Would you stop and take a look at a program called Nautilus or rather one called Files?

      • Bruno Queiros

        I would search for some info, on what tools i had avaiable to handle files. I don’t mind reading and searching, i actually liked the name Nautilus, and searching the web for Nautilus is easier than searching for Files. Personally i don’t expect applications to have the name of what they do. Treating users like idiots will make them… Well you got the point.

        • IsacDaavid

          I know what you mean, but this should not be regarded as a decision problem; actually both names coexist. Files is just like a de facto name, a user-friendly alias, but the module and the command are called nautilus anyway. The same holds true for many other Gnome apps that didn’t have self-descriptive names:

          * Document viewer = evince
          * Image viewer = eog (eye of gnome)
          * Web = epiphany
          * Disk usage analyzer = baobab
          * totem, vino, vinagre, gucharmap, file-roller and so on.

          Some others like gedit, brasero and empathy have not made the transition though.

    • Fitoschido

      Because GNOME is lame.

      • Bruno Queiros

        I disagree sir

  • Bastian Hougaard

    Really nice! About changing keyboard shortcuts, for me I am kinda glad that they change for time to time for the better as long as it isn’t for changes’ sake. The shift over to Ctrl+Shift+Z is excellent for me since Blender and gedit use that as well. Shortcuts should really be unified as much as possible across applications – that will help us remembering them more easily.

  • Felipe

    Pobre gnome. ¿Que te han hecho?

    • IsacDaavid

      Lo están dejando de lujo. Lo lindo del software libre es que no hay razón para quedar marginado; cuando no estás de acuerdo con el rumbo que toman los desarrolladores puedes quedarte con lo que te gustaba y llevarlo por otro lado, o buscar algo más. Hay más alternativas que tiempo para probarlas.