Agreed. Other than massively more memory usage, I don't really see what Nautilus brings to
the kitchen. That whole spatial gaffe was downright embarrassing.
In the past, I've been tempted to propose Thunar for inclusion in Gnome. It is getting quite
complete, feels 3X faster, and takes less than 1/6 of the memory. I expect it wouldn't be too
hard to add any missing features and it would certainly be much easier than trying to clean up
the Nautilus code base. If only I had free time...