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Phew! Nautilus-Elementary revived in time for Ubuntu Natty

Elementary’s Nautilus-fork ‘Nautilus-elementary’ has been revived – just in-time for Natty!

The project, which was announced as no longer being in development last November,  has proven incredibly popular with users of various distributions thanks to to its refined, uncluttered interface and themeable features.

Writing on his blog Nautilus-Elementary’s chief developer, ammonkey, gave his reasons for the revival: –

“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.

Considering the context and to provide the best experience for Jupiter, i decided to re-activate the nautilus-elementary project. A special up-to-date version of nautilus-elementary will be released soon. The 2.32.0 version [brought] many bugs which have been hunted down for this special release.”

Ammonkey goes on to state that “..only critical bugs in nautilus-elementary would be fixed for the moment”. As such users shouldn’t expect any new features.

An updated bug-fixed package for Maverick users along with a new version for Natty testers can be installed from the Nautilus-Elementary PPA @ ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa

To add and install via the Terminal enter: –

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade