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Trying KDE’s File Manager -Dolphin- in GNOME 3.8

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It was a time when the first letter of many programs in Linux was “g” or “k”, to declare if something was made for GNOME or KDE.  Back then, KDE programs (made of Qt) was looking awful under GNOME (made of GTK) and vice versa.

Nowadays with the very improved theming you can hardly understand if an application is written in Qt or GTK or even in another toolkit like Java. I remember when Mark Shuttleworth had talked 3-4 years ago for the development of a common environment in Ubuntu that could genuine run GTK or QT Apps, toolkit-invisible to users.

Today we are almost there and most people even if they run GNOME they don’t actually care if a program is written in Qt or whatever else. What they really care about is to use the best free software available for doing their job, or their hobby.

One such job involves File Management. There is nothing exciting about handling files and the only thing you can do is copy/move them to another location or rename/delete them. Most important thing is actually discovering/searching files, which isn’t exactly exclusively job of the File Manager.  In 3.6 GNOME’s File Manager lost many of its features like the Second Pane, Compact View and Tree View.

That raised many complains from users to GNOME Design Team and ..Okay, you guys probably were a liiiitle biiiit right on this ..actually Tree View is already back in 3.8 which means that someone recognized the mistake of this removal.  However just because GNOME provides something that doesn’t necessary means that we have to use it. There are alternatives.

While the default set of applications of GNOME is trying to fulfill the requirements of the majority of computer-users (but not of *its* users), GNOME users seems to have more demands.  Well, you aren’t happy with Blender? Try Maya (not open!). You aren’t happy with Banshee? Try Tomahawk. You aren’t happy with a core tool like Files? Try Dolphin!


Dolphin

Dolphin is the default file manager of KDE and I’am trying version 2.2 which is for KDE 4.10.2 (the latest KDE available), that Fedora ships in their Rawhide channel.

dolphin-default1

The first thing to notice is the Folder Icons which seems to be just made for GNOME Wallpaper! The second thing to notice is that Dolphin’s UI seems quite poor with a few buttons available, similar to GNOME Files. But..

dolphin-panels

As you can see we can do quite many things with Dolphin, like opening two panels and even an integrated terminal! But this is just the very basics…

dolphin-configure

There is no reason to show the unlimited configuration options of Dolphin. Just look at the above screenshot. Around 80 options only for customizing our toolbars !?!?

dolphin-nautilus

The question is if the default File Manager should be like KDE’s Dolphin or GNOME’s Files. Whatever your answer is, the solution exist. One thing I really like in Dolphin is the way that Zooms on Folders/Files. Simply awesome! If GNOME-rs want to copy something from them, this is the first thing. Maybe also the duel pane. Maybe some more two three things ;)

That wasn’t like a Dolphin review or something, Dolphin is really awesome File Manager and you can check more here:

That was a reminder that there are more applications, even out of GNOME Ecosystem, that you can still use under GNOME. However don’t look for any integration of Dolphin with the rest GNOME. You will specially miss the integrated and recursive search of Files. But hey, is just a File Manager after all!

To get it in Fedora:

$ sudo yum install dolphin konsole

That will obviously install some more KDE dependencies and I am saying it cause I know some people just don’t like to install “alien” things on their box. I am not one of those!

From Will Stephenson KDE Developer

I’d also like to point out that you can use Dolphin with the KDE widget style “GTK+ Style”, which uses GTK to draw the UI, so it looks native, except if you’re a pixel peeper. We’re also working on reducing its runtime dependencies so it won’t pull it all the KDE plumbing it can make use of.


 
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  • mehionline

    If I was satisfied with kde I would be using it, right now ! I’m currently using nemo as my default file manager.

  • Michael Mistretta

    I’d rather see some features creep back into Nautilus and make it a proper file manager again.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mateus.m.luna Mateus Machado Luna

    It looks to me that most KDE apps are pretty much mature and featured than Gnome’s ones. This is good, but can be also bad. I myself prefer simplicity sometimes…

  • Will Stephenson

    I’d also like to point out that you can use Dolphin with the KDE widget style “GTK+ Style”, which uses GTK to draw the UI, so it looks native, except if you’re a pixel peeper. We’re also working on reducing its runtime dependencies so it won’t pull it all the KDE plumbing it can make use of.

    • alex285

      Thank you for the info!!

  • baronos

    I’m annoyed Nautilus 3.68, which removed the Backspace to return to the previous directory.

    • alex285

      It’s replaced with Alt+Arrows like other programs (ie Firefox/Chrome)