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I'm now an Ubuntu user for several years but a friend of mine has Kubuntu installed and although I'm no fan of KDE i really liked the file Browser "Dolphin". Especially the Mac OSX like "columns design" with the preview at the right side. Like here http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7531/screenshotlibevent004do.png.

Are there any simple solutions to get this design in nautilus - my search wasn't very productive till now. Usually there is no alternative to installing a new file broswer, but I'm not sure if its worth it.

Does anybody use Dolphin or anything similar under Ubuntu and could share some thoughts?

Greets.

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Unfortunately, KDE team recently had to drop this view from Dolphin also. I hope it's temporary, though. –  int_ua Apr 19 '12 at 23:03
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There is a hack for thunar, that does this. http://mail.xfce.org/pipermail/thunar-dev/2005-March/000151.html, haven't found anything for nautilus. Download the file in the link, then un archive it to get the folder thunar-ui-prototype-with-colums-view, open the folder, find Main.py and right click on it >go to properties >Permissions >select "Allow this file to run as a program" >Then close out and double click Main.py this will run thunar with the column view, granted it's buggy, but I think this layout is incredebly useful, and wonder why other viewers don't have the option.enter image description here

Also There is Marlin, but it is in Alpha stage(expermintal), but it has the view, and works better than the thunar hack. http://www.webupd8.org/2011/05/elementary-file-browser-marlin-is-now.html

To install put each line in terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:marlin-devs/marlin-daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install marlin

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