GTK+ 3

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at
Mon Oct 17 14:21:18 CEST 2011

On Oct 17, 2011, at 11:18 , Jannis Pohlmann wrote:

> On Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:25:32 +0530
> "dE ." <de.techno at> wrote:
>> The main bottleneck is Developer support then, to maintain a large 
>> codebase; as I've stated before, it's time for xfce to become 
>> mainstream
> Ok, first of all, let me add something here. While the reasons to not
> implement tabs and split views include maintainability, it has also
> been a design decision from the start. Thunar is supposed to be simple.
> There will always be people who need 20+ windows and do heavy file
> management. But I assume the productiveness of the majority of users
> does not depend on tabs or split view.

Just to make this clear: Thunar was always meant to be a simple, easy-to-use file manager. There was no need for another complex, difficult-to-use file manager in Xfce since we already had Xffm.

From my POV, the PCManFM file manager just tells me that we were right to keep Thunar's design simple: PCManFM is basically "Thunar without the polish". While the source code is in large parts a fork of Thunar (pre GIO/GVfs) with a lot of renaming (at least last time I checked), the UI looks like "we want everything except usability". I guess there'll always be people who demand these kinds of tools, but that is a minority. The majority of users just wants something simple to get the job done.

>  - Jannis


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