First impressions of dolphin

Bernhard Breinbauer infopipe at
Mon Oct 8 08:53:14 UTC 2007

On Monday 08 October 2007 wrote Peter Lewis:
> On Monday 08 October 2007 03:50:19 Juan Carlos Torres wrote:
> > On Monday 08 October 2007 10:01:19 am John DeCarlo wrote:
> > > Does Dolphin have tabs?  I couldn't find it in my quick search through
> > > menus and help.  But that doesn't mean they aren't there, lol.
> >
> > No. It absolutely doesn't have tabs.
> Hmm... another annoyance I was just coming to terms with.
> Is this a design decision then, rather than just something that's not
> implemented yet? If so, why?

This is a design decision. Dolphin has a "split view" mode which shows two 
views side by side. In my opinion this is a better solution for managing 
files than tabs.
The reason is stated at dolphin's website[1]:
"Dolphin is not intended to be a competitor to Konqueror: Konqueror acts as 
universal viewer being able to show HTML pages, text documents, directories 
and a lot more, whereas Dolphin focuses on being only a file manager."

So if you don't like the concept just use konqueror. Both provide the same 
functionality in different ways.


PS: You will love dolphin when you see the goodies dolphin brings in the 
life-cycle of KDE4. Even in KDE 4.0 dolphin is already a real eye-catcher.

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