Last week, Cosimo Cecchi, Nautilus hacker extraordinaire, sent a message to the Nautilus list setting out a plan for 3.0. Before I get onto that, I want to give a shout out to Cosimo. He’s a total hero when it comes to Nautilus: not only does he take care of a much of the (substantial) maintenance work that is required, but he also takes UX really seriously and has been working hard to get the Nautilus UI into better shape. The next release is already going to be really nice thanks to his efforts. Thanks for your hard work, Cosimo!
But anyway… Cosimo’s been busy getting Nautilus working with the recent platform changes. As his mail explains, that is largely done now, which means it’s open season for UI changes before the big three oh. He’s already landed some cool new features, including a new places sidebar and a redesigned connect to server dialogue. There are some other hot features in the pipeline too.
But we want to do more. (Click the images to view them full size.)
These designs have had a long gestation period, and they’ve received input from a large number of people. Hylke Bons and Garrett LeSage deserve particular credit. They were behind the Streamlined Nautilus designs, and they pushed the envelope even further with the Nautilus Future proposals. Lapo Calamandrei has also made major contributions; he even went as far as setting up a test bed for experimenting with icon view layouts. There are many others who have participated in the design discussions, including the Nautilus developers themselves. It’s been a real community effort.
If you want to help to get Nautilus into really good shape for 3.0, now’s the time to chip in. There’s plenty to do and, if you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve got a UI roadmap with a list of bugs that need fixing. These cover everything from string changes to new Gtk+ widgets, so there’s something for everyone, even if you don’t have much time. And Cosimo’s promised to try and get patches reviewed as they come in. There’s never been a better opportunity to get involved and to make a noticeable difference to the Nautilus UX.