> Based on the article, it seems that just typing activates search in all subfolders.
> This is WRONG: typing must result in selecting the first file in the current view/folder that has the typed text as a prefix (or perhaps anywhere in the name, although that differs from Windows Explorer).
I understand the problem, especially if you have a lot of files. Maybe someone should point it out *politely*, by writing to the designer team mailing list, presenting their use-case.
> Oh and the side tree view is in Windows Explorer (the file manager 90%+ of computer users are most familiar with) since 1992, and is a fundamental feature, so it really takes a madman to even consider removing it.
I don't know if it is so fundamental. For instance, in Windows Explorer it's not enforced at all, and I think it's something like 10 years since I last used this feature. The default view is the icon one. The Mac OS X Finder uses a list mode, and you can browse one branch of the tree at a time.
When I am presented with the tree view, I find it cluttered, but maybe it has something to do with the choice of the initial nodes for the tree rather than anything else. Or maybe because I have to remember also at which level is the stuff I am searching for, introducing a third dimension - while I could achieve normally the same stuff by opening two separate windows. (By the way, someone remembers the "spatial window" mode forced upon users in GNOME 2.something? *THAT* was criminal).
The main reason I can think about justifying the need to put a file manager in tree mode, is for moving files in different directories; however the "Move to" and "Create directory" new features should address most of the use cases for that.
The tree view also has a number of usability issues; a notable one is that it requires some dexterity with the mouse, especially to click on the expanding triangle. For experts, this is not an issue, but for beginners and impaired people it's not nice. Also, it works bad with touch screens.
Nevertheless, I agree that keeping it should not be a huge problem. Dropping it seems to be just silly; it shouldn't take gazillions of lines of code to be maintained (else, there's something very wrong with nautilus...).
Incidentally: in 1992 I was still using tapes for loading programs, and BBS - not Internet - were the rage... We evolve, sometimes we get it right, sometimes not, but it's better trying than stagnating. After all, you still have MATE or XFCE if you prefer to use those, no? Installing them from the package manager is easy enough.