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