Nautilus has been through a long way since the early days when it was one of the heaviest pieces of software (only surpassed maybe by mozilla millstones).
The other day I’ve runned across nautilus-elementary which packs some cool looking features, and honestly, in my perspective, some of this enhancements should already be a part of nautilus mainstream.
Here’s how the beast looks like (using Elementary GTK/Metacity composite theme, plus some other minor tweaks):
I am not aware of a Fedora 13 package for this mod which is currently hosted on Launchpad and there’s no source package also available in the traditional tar.gz format… The source has to be extracted through bzr. It does require some fancy devel packages and a couple of other packages which are not part off Fedora default install, but they are available for Goddard through Fedora official packages and RPM Fusion, so in a way Fedora does provide all the artillery you need to built it.
There’s a fancy ‘Tweaks’ tab added in nautilus configuration also! Keep in mind that this piece of fine software does not pack extra funcionality to nautilus, only a couple of neat re-design features to favour eye-candy. You need RGBA enabled GTK Engine for it work properly, which in a way can be hard. If you use Equinox or Murrine engine based theme, most likely it will work flawlessly. I haven’t tested it with Nodoka GTK engine (project hosted on fedorahosted.org) by Martin Sourada et al, member of Fedora Design Team.
Screenshots taken using: Elementary GTK Theme (and Engine dependencies) / Elementary Metacity Theme composite. Icon theme is a mix of ubuntu-mono-light and MagIcons Humanities Color.
UPDATE: Andrew provided a more accurate description of the functionality of Nautilus-Elementary. Please take a minute to read Andrew’s reply which provides more useful information regarding this fine piece of software made by the Elementary Team.
Nautilus-Elementary provides extended functionality beyond the one provided by nautilus.