First impressions of dolphin
prlewis at letterboxes.org
Wed Oct 3 11:58:25 BST 2007
I've just upgraded my gutsy install and noticed that it's now defaulting to
dolphin rather than konqueror when I click on the home icon.
So, at the risk of baiting... I thought I'd share a few initial thoughts.
Hopefully they might spark a bit of discussion.
1. BIG icons. It defaults to "preview" mode, which means big icons for folders
and previews for other stuff. I like previews, but usually run file managers
in a non-maximised window, so this was really unusable (I could see about 6
icons before having to scroll). Of course, this is configurable, but even by
making the icon size in preview mode smaller, the icons are still massively
spaced unless I make the preview size smaller, which kind of defeats the
point. Looking for an alternative, I switched to icon mode, which spaces
things more reasonably. But, as it says on the tin, this doesn't preview
files! It seems that konqueror had this sorted out quite nicely with the
mouse-over expanding preview function, but I can't see that in dolphin. :-/
Not a great first impression.
2. There's no refresh button. How do I know if it's showing the latest
contents if I update the folder from somewhere else (i.e. konsole)? Or is
this just a trust issue? It would be nice to *know*.
3. I have to click somewhere before I can type in the address where I want to
go to, and where to click is not obvious (or indeed that that functionality
4. The breadcrumbs things seems broken by design IMO. When I'm in MY home
directory, /home/pete, it says "home", then, if I go to /home/pete/work, it
says "home->work". Conversely, if I navigate to another user's home folder
(say a KDE4 dev user), it says I'm in "root->home->kdedev". This is
Anyway, these are just a few initial thoughts, and I don't mean them to be
moaning at all... just in the spirit of feedback and friendly criticism. I've
been using KDE since version 1, and dolphin seems to be the most confusing
KDE app I've seen. But yes, it is quite fast (not that konqueror is slow
If this is to be the default file manager in gutsy (or KDE generally), and one
of the reasons for this is "usability" (whatever that means), then these IMO
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