Last November, the developers of the popular Nautilus-Elementary announced that the Nautilus-Elementary project has been discontinued. They announced that they are working on a new file manager, Merlin, instead of working in Nautilus. Nautilus-Elementary is a patch for Nautilus which brings some cool new features in Nautilus and makes it look much better.
Today, they have taken an u-turn and has announced that they are reviving the Nautilus-Elementary project again. This mainly due to the fact that Marlin is being developed with GTK3 and GNOME 3 technologies. It has already been announced that Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narhwal is not going to support GTK3 and GNOME 3 stack out of the box. So, to make Marlin work in Ubuntu 11.04, they will have to rely on external or testing repositories.
Like many other distributions, Ubuntu Natty won’t support gtk3 and the gnome3 stack without adding external/testing repositories. Since gtk3 dropped the rc format, only one gtk engine is ready for gtk3 (clearlook) and one gtk theme (adwaita). Without proper theming there’s no point rushing to gtk3/gnome3 so gtk2/gnome2 still has some nice months ahead before a progressive transition.
Another reason for the decision to revive the project is due to the fact that many people (me included) and Linux distributions still use Nautilus Elementary even though it has been announced that it is no longer maintained.
Although the project has been shut down since November, i still see many people using this outdated version of nautilus, distributions adopting it, artists working on stuning theme for it, which surprised me bit considering the project is unmaintained. I would like to thanks all of the nautilus-elementary supporters and specialy the archlinux community which has kept working on an up-to date version.
This does not, however, mean that Marlin is taking a backseat. Marlin will still be the focus of development. The plan for Nautilus-Elementary right now is to fix only the critical bugs. New features in Nautilus Elementary are unlikely at the moment.
The new version of Nautilus-Elementary is already available in the PPA. To install it, open the Terminal and execute the commands given below:
[For Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 11.04]
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
After installation, restart Nautilus to see the changes.
$ nautilus -q