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[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
[1] 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
[2]. 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 
Linux GUI-world.

More pickers, more choice.


[1] http://www.gpsoft.com.au/
[2] http://www.cottonwoodsw.com/

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