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LinuxPlanet: Review: Nautilus 1.0: Has Eazel Earned Its Place in GNOME?

Mar 16, 2001, 08:36 (61 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"...The other half of the equation, though, is a test of the talent and experience the Eazel team brings to bear. Nautilus has been built to bring a usable Linux desktop experience to computer consumers: the sort of people who appreciate America Online's simplicity and consider the computer itself a simple vessel for services. The résumés of the core Eazel leadership are largely known to anyone following Eazel's story since it stepped up a funding offensive a little over a year ago: Michael Boich, Andy Hertzfeld, and Bud Tribble were all members of the original Apple Macintosh team. Several other staffers were integral to work on MacOS at some point in their careers."

"Though the overall quality of the major Linux desktop environments has improved dramatically since the call first went up several years ago to provide a better interface for end users, members of the Eazel team weren't shy in their assertions that they had levels of experience in both interface design and software engineering that would distinguish their contributions to GNOME, taking it from merely solid to desirable for consumers. In an interview conducted in August with Darin Adler, Eazel's Vice President of Software Engineering, the executive/developer stressed his company's focus on quality testing and its ability to generate original interface design elements as key distinguishing factors among the largely volunteer community of developers surrounding GNOME at large."

"Nautilus is no small chunk of the GNOME desktop, either. As the environment's file manager and the software controlling the X desktop itself, it forms a large part of the average end user's day-to-day experience with the computer, acting as a gateway to online documentation, Eazel's services, image previewing, a basic web browser, and, yes, a file management tool. It's the mortar with which the overall GNOME desktop environment will be held together. Nautilus will help determine GNOME's success among users."

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