GTK+ 3

Jon Sturm jonimoose at
Sun Oct 16 01:04:47 CEST 2011

On Oct 15, 2011 4:53 PM, "Liviu Andronic" <landronimirc at> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 10:06 PM, Matthew Brush <mbrush at>
> > It doesn't add barely any complexity/clutter to the UI; one File menu
> > item/action and one context menu item.  The GtkNotebook tabs would be
> > until there's more than one tab, so it wouldn't clutter up the UI at all
> > people who don't use tabs.
> >
> >> One of my last answers to this was in the forum:
> >>
> >>
> >
> > That's not really an answer, you just said "clearly *I believe* those
> > bad designs...".
> >
> I am not getting myself dragged into this debate, so only several
> When I first used Thunar, and it was around its first stable releases,
> I was slightly surprised by its design, especially the first two
> 'Open' & 'Open in New Window' c-menu items that are readily accessible
> on any folder/bookmark. After some experimenting it made perfect
> sense: whenever in need for a different location (in a different
> window, or "tab"), simply do c-menu and 'Open in New Window'. I found
> the design elegant and useful: there is no need to manage tabs (as I
> often find myself doing in Total Commander in Windows), one can easily
> use two windows to dnd/copy&paste items (while it's more cumbersome
> with tabs, unless you're in a two-pane fm, which Thunar is not).
> Bottom line: the current design is intuitive, lets the user get things
> done and quickly, and one gets used to it. Tabs may add an unnecessary
> complexity to Thunar, and don't forget that this is why we love Xfce:
> it strays away from unnecessary complexity.
> My 00.02€ (although I'm wondering what these will be worth tomorrow).
> Liviu
One of the greatest features added in 4.8 is the ability to set the default
file manager. You want thunar with tabs, use pcmanfm which is basically what
it is. I tried it and found the tabs aren't that useful IMO but xfce does
give you the option to use something else. If xfce didn't have the use
another file manager option I'd say the tabs would be worth it but the
option is there and pcmanfm seems to fit the bill perfectly.

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