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Signal Ground: First Looks at Nautilus 0.5

Dec 11, 2000, 09:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Treis)

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"While updating my Debian system, I noticed that Eazel's Nautilus file manager was available as a Debian package. I was thrilled. Admittedly, I've gotten caught up in the industry excitement surrounding Nautilus, and I've read many of the articles written about it on both mainstream and obscure sites. But now, having it installed on my desktop, my perspective has changed a bit. What does it really mean to run Nautilus? Read our first look review to find out."

"Installation of Eazel's Nautilus 0.5 from Debian packages went without a hitch. And the next thing I knew, I had a Nautilus menu item in my Gnome menus. After selecting it, the wizard screen shown above appeared. The wizard asks a few questions, including asking you to pick a skill level. I picked "beginner", because I wanted to see just how easy the Eazel folks could make things. When the wizard is finished, the Nautilus shell opens."

"My first impression of the shell, which loaded the Eazel Services page, was that it rendered the page perfectly -- and quickly, too. But then I realized why it behaved that way: Nautilus uses Gecko for its HTML rendering engine. Another thing that caught my eye was the "notes" tab (shown on the left above). From this tab, you can enter a few things about the web page you're viewing. When you come back to the page, Nautilus will recall the notes you've typed. I thought this was a really cool feature, and I can see myself using it frequently. With only a few exceptions (form-based file upload didn't work), the web browser is fully useable."

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