[OT/Sometimes Windows is better] Horrible GNOME File Picker (Was: Open (helper application chooser) for iceweasel/icedove is too simple)
Erik Steffl said...
> Not sure if it's standard gtk/gnome file open dialog, but it's the
> one used to pick application when opening an attachement and downloading
> files (it's probably used in other places as well).
> The dialog has two parts - left part has shortcut to user home dir,
> desktop and filesystem, right side has list of files/directories.
> it is not possible to just write in the file (like it is common with
> other file open/save dialogs) which is VERY annoying, e.g. if I want to
> open a text file using gvim I have to figure out where gvim is and click
> all the way there, instead of just typing gvim (and assume it's in path).
> is there any way to configure these? are these standard gnome file
> open dialogs?
In passing, I'll mention that the Windows' file manager Directory Opus 8
 is something that the Nautilus, Konqueror and Krusader folk should
examine. If Linux could get close to just its two pane setup, I would be
a happy man. Add to Opus 8 the integration of TortoiseSVN, and Windows
deals Linux a good few healthy blows.
Now, returning to pickers: On Windows I use a replacement called File-Ex
. Ignoring the extra functions it gives, it's the principle that the
picker can be replaced and independently configured; the *nix maxim of
doing one thing and doing it well - this sometimes seems to get lost in
More pickers, more choice.