Nautilus faster on Ubuntu 13.04

nautilus_compOne of the main reasons I decided to switch to the beta version of Ubuntu Raring is nautilus performance. Nautilus is the default Ubuntu file browser cum manager. The version installed right now in 3.6.3. Compared to the performance of earlier versions it is definitely much faster. Though it may never reach the speed of PCManFM, there’s definitely a significant improvement for nautilus. The look and feel has changed to some extent in the toolbar options.

But what I still hate about nautilus is the crap logic of its crap developers to use 1KB = 1000 bytes and providing no option to override it.


Now you can get rid of this abomination and use Nemo, the fantastic default file manager from Linux Mint. Instructions for minimal install here.

6 thoughts on “Nautilus faster on Ubuntu 13.04”

    1. Correct and I preferred that junk removed ;). It is still the default browser and users use it most of the time. It retains the necessary functionality. If I need extra features (like tabbed browsing which seems to be missing now) I can always use an alternative and probably someone will come up with an extension for that in time. But the point is, most of the time normal users need a single tab to reach a file. They want it done fast without having to see the busy cursor multiple times. I am sure the developers now have the same line of thought – a non-feature-bloated file browser.

  1. 1 kB = 1000 bytes = 1000^1 bytes = 10^3 bytes (Base 10)
    1 KB = 1024 bytes = 1024^1 bytes = 2^10 bytes (Base 2)
    1 kibibyte = 2^10 bytes = 1024 bytes (The oft forgotten IEC unit)

      k/K whatever… do normal users bother about that? What do users migrating from microsoft platforms see? Redirecting them to standards and specs to unlearn what they are used to seems like a good idea? Linux started as a solution for desktops but Microsoft still holds > 90% of the desktop market share and that says something – don’t dick around with cosmetics that are well established, better do something that attempts to change the paradigm of usability (for example – Unity desktop environment). And if they are really going to change something basic like units of measurement decades after the first OS -es came out and things are well established, at least they should extend the courtesy to provide an option to let users choose what they want. For Christ’s sake, the same file getting downloaded in Firefox shows a different size to what it shows in the file browser – all due to this bloody k/K nuisance!

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