01 June 2013

How To Replace Nautilus With Nemo in Ubuntu

Nemo 1.8.2 on Ubuntu 13.04

Since 3.6, GNOME team decided to remove one of the most important feature in their default file manager Nautilus : Tree View. I have to say this is probably the most unwise decision ever made by GNOME team because we all know, Tree View is very useful to access our files easily.

But there are Linux developers who understand and hear the voice of the end user. Stands at the first, Linux Mint, which is now becoming the most used Linux distro based on Distrowatch database. And in the second place, there is SolusOS, a Debian based Linux distro, that focuses in the ease and usability.

Those Distros have decided to fork the GNOME's Nautilus File Manager version 3.4.x into their own name. The Linux Mint team has developed it since the release of Linux Mint 14, and named their own fork of Nautilus 3.4 as Nemo. And in other side, there isn't yet final news for SolusOS about their work to fork Nautilus 3.4.x.

Nemo, as I've mentioned above, is now the default File Manager for their default, custom Desktop Environment Cinnamon. It is totally a great, awesome rework of the Nautilus 3.4.x. There are very useful toolbars added, and also, of course : The Tree View.

And now the question is : Can we use Nemo as the default File Manager in our Ubuntu system replacing Nautilus 3.6? And the answer is yes, we can. Here are the very easy steps to install Nemo, and set it to be the default File Manager in Ubuntu, replacing Nautilus 3.6 :

1. Add the Cinnamon Stable repository
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable/ubuntu raring main

2. Install Nemo
sudo apt-get install nemo

3. Rename Nautilus
sudo mv /usr/bin/nautilus /usr/bin/nautilusbackup

4. Create a Link / shared object to make Nemo pretends to be Nautilus
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nemo /usr/bin/nautilus

5. Logout and login back

TO REVERT BACK
To revert back the setting, just undo the steps :
1. Remove the shared link Nautilus (the fake nautilus)
sudo rm /usr/bin/nautilus

2. Rename back the real nautilus into nautilus
sudo mv /usr/bin/nautilusbackup /usr/bin/nautilus

KNOWN ISSUES
We will unable to change the desktop wallpaper by using GNOME / Nautilus Wallpaper changer, and we'll be brought to the Cinnamon / Nemo wallpaper changer. Just don't be confused about this :D

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