Latest Nemo File Manager From GIT Gets Breadcrumbs, Option To Hide The Menu, More

Nemo, the default Linux Mint (Cinnamon) file manager, forked from Nautilus 3.4, has got a lot of interesting changes in GIT recently.
The most visible change is the addition of breadcrumbs which look great if you’re using the Mint-X theme (default Linux Mint theme, also available in the WebUpd8 Themes Repository) as you can see below:
Nemo file manager
Other themes need to be tweaked to correctly display the new Nemo breadcrumbs, although with some themes like MediterraneanNight or Evolve, it doesn’t look that bad (it looks pretty bad with some themes though, like Ambiance):
Nemo file manager breadcrumbs mediterraneannightNemo with MediterraneanNight theme
Nemo file manager breadcrumbs Evolve themeNemo with Evolve theme
The statusbar has been re-worked (if enabled, because you can also disable it and have a floating mini-statusbar) and it now includes options to toggle displaying the places sidebar, treeview or completely hide the sidebar. Also, the zoom controls have been moved from the main toolbar to the bottom right corner of the new statusbar (and a slider is now used instead of +/- buttons).

And finally, the Nemo menu can now be hidden (like the old Nautilus elementary) by deselecting View > Menubar and you can then toggle the menu by using the ALT key:
Nemo file manager hide menu
Nemo file manager without statusbar and menuNemo file manager with no menu and statusbar

Nemo is under heavy development these days and the new features mentioned above are subject to change.

How to install the latest Nemo file manager from GIT
For how to install the latest Nemo file manager from GIT in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (via PPA), see our previous post: How To Install Nemo File Manager In Ubuntu.
Arch Linux users can install Nemo via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, you can get the Nemo source code via GitHub.

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How To Install Nemo File Manager In Ubuntu

After forking GNOME Shell (Cinnamon), Mutter (Muffin) and GDM 2.0 (MDM), the Linux Mint team has forked Nautilus and the result is Nemo, a file manager which is now used by default in Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition.
Nemo file manager git
Initially, Nemo used to look the same as the patched SolusOS Nautilus so I didn’t write about how to install it since it was basically the same thing under a different name.

But Nemo has evolved, gaining many new features and under the hood optimizations and tweaks. Here are some of the features available for Nemo file manager (for the version available in GIT / Cinnamon Nightly PPA) that aren’t included in Nautilus 3.4:Unified, configurable toolbar: you can add/remove the following: up icon, refresh icon, toggle button for the location bar / path bar, home icon, computer icon and search icon.Detachable tabsOption to show the full path in the titlebar and tab bars (Preferences > Display)Displays an “elevated privileges” banner when running as rootBuilt in “Open as root” context menu itemBuilt in “Open in terminal” context menu itemAdded GTK bookmarks to the MoveTo/CopyTo context menusAdded “Set as Wallpaper” to the context menuSwitch view buttons on the toolbar (Grid, List and Compact views)Drag and drop support for the bookmarks in the sidebarSidebar: indicators under each drive, displaying the free/used spaceCollapsable sidebar categoriesSupport for sending files via Thunderbird and xdg-emailImage properties improvements (merged from Nautilus 3.6)Memory leaks fixes (merged from Nautilus 3.6)More!
And Nemo has another advantage: it doesn’t overwrite Nautilus like the patched SolusOS Nautilus, so you can have both Nautilus and Nemo installed in the same time.

The Linux Mint / Nemo developers have also ported some Nautilus extensions to Nemo: there’s a Dropbox extension for Nemo, along with Pastebin, Seahorse, Fileroller and Samba extensions.

Below you’ll find some more Nemo screenshots – in the first one there’s Nemo 1.1.2 (stable) and the rest feature the latest Nemo from GIT:
Nemo file manager 1.1.2 stableNemo 1.1.2 (stable)
Nemo file manager GITNemo from GIT
Nemo file manager GIT
Nemo file manager GIT
Nemo file manager
Nemo file manager

Install Nemo file manager in Ubuntu
Before installing Nemo, there are a couple of things you should know:
installing Nemo will also install Cinnamon desktopif you’re using Cinnamon, it’s not recommended to add the Cinnamon Nightly PPA since it’s not stable. Only install Cinnamon from the Nightly PPA for testing purposes

Install the stable Nemo release in Ubuntu
Install the latest stable Nemo release (1.1.2) in Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04 using the Cinnamon Stable PPA:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo

Install the latest Nemo file manager from GIT in Ubuntu
Or, if you want the latest features (but probably less stability and more bugs), install the latest Nemo file manager from GIT in Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10 by using the Cinnamon Nightly PPA:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo

Nemo shows up as “Files” in the menu, just like Nautilus so it’s a bit hard to find in the menu / Dash or whatever you’re using. So search for “Nemo” and launch the first “Files” app that shows up, that will (hopefully) be Nemo file manager.
After you log out and log back in, you’ll notice that Nemo draws the desktop instead of Nautilus. If you want to continue to use Nautilus for drawing the desktop instead of Nemo, do the following:
– Run the following command so Nemo shows up in the Startup Applications list (it’s hidden by default):
sudo sed -i ‘s/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g’ /etc/xdg/autostart/nemo-autostart.desktop
– Then launch Startup Applications and uncheck Nemo – it’s called files, but look under the name – it should say “Start Nemo desktop at login”, like in the screenshot below:
Nemo autostart
– Then log out and log back in.

The Nemo file manager source code is available @ GitHub.

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What To Expect From Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon, Nemo Changes)

The Linux Mint roadmap was updated recently, pointing out what to expect in Linux Mint 15 for Cinnamon, Nemo, MDM or Mint Tools.

Cinnamon bumpmapsCinnamon with Bumpmaps support
Linux Mint 15 is expected to ship with Cinnamon 1.8 which will include new features like:
Desktlets (desktop widgets). Three such desklets should be available by available by default: System Monitor, Picture video & slideshow frame and TerminalCinnamon Settings: ability to browse, install, remove and update Cinnamon themes, applets, extensions and desklets remotelyBumpmaps support (defines transparent textures which look like sculpted glass – see screenshot above)A Control Center that integrates both Cinnamon and GNOME settings into one toolRethink Cinnamon 2D: fallback to a non-shadow CPU-less intensive session in software rendering mode. Muffin or OpenBox will be used.Configurable color schemes for themesCalendar events similar to KDE’s implementationNew/improved applets: upgrade Menu applet with mintMenu features, new email notifier and pulse-like RSS reader applets

Nemo file manager
Nemo (the target version for Linux Mint 15 is Nemo 1.8), the default Cinnamon file manager should get some new features as well, like an Actions API, disk management (with Mintdisk integration), a file preview feature and UI improvements (which include sidebar selection, independent path bar, better looking breadcrumbs and more).
The latest Nemo from GIT has already got some interesting new features, like an updated sidebar which now displays the amount of free/used space for each drive or zoom buttons as you can see in the screenshot above.

MDM
MDM (1.2) should be updated as well for Linux Mint 15, getting a new renderer which supports animations and interactivity to get on par with Unity Greeter. Currently, MDM, which is a fork of the old GDM 2.20, looks a bit outdated, while LightDM supports a lot of cool stuff – like you’ve seen in the elementary OS Luna video we’ve posted a while back.

Other potential changes you can expect in Linux Mint 15 include UI improvements for Software Manager and live-installer, a new screensaver, new driver manager, add ubiquity features to live-installer.
Under “R&D” (research and development), it is even mentioned that it’s possible to switch away from dpkg: “investigation on pros and cons of dpkg compared to other packaging systems (multi-version installation, static/dynamic support, snapshots, delta, update reversals etc..)“.
The official Linux Mint 15 roadmap can be found on GitHub.

via Marco’s Box; first image via Linux Mint blog

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