Refinements, Exposing Features, Collecting Code, Add Shortcuts

Registered by John Bradley Bulsterbaum on 2007-02-23

I'd think that Ubuntu gets a lot of specifications like this one:

https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/nautilus-terminal

Which are simply from the poster not knowing existing features: the gnome interface is a bit different from Explorer of Windows: good. However some of it seems rather odd: why do we need buttons when an address-bar (or location bar if you like) shows the same information? A location bar isn't limiting: the buttons are. I propose the location/address bar be made the default in Ubuntu so people can get to typing: it wouldn't hurt noobs or pros at all, and maybe a few lines of code could then be deleted.

And for new users, I propose that this link:

http://www.gnome.org/learn/users-guide/latest/gosnautilus-21.html

Or a similar page tailored to Ubuntu specifically (preferable) be placed on the desktop with a descriptive name, as well as in the help files and have it very exposed to the users to find. .

As for usability: some of the Ubuntu derivatives are doing good jobs at exposing features and increasing ease-of-use without being condescending, causing clutter, or being ridiculous (from a power-user's point of view): Ubuntu ought, I think, to survey what they're doing and collect code to implement from such distros as linuxmint and simplymepis every once in a while. For instance, LinuxMint's latest release specs are here:

http://linuxmint.com/20070220.html

The networking and wifi tools would probaby help a lot of people...

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