There is some buzz floating around about Ubuntu switching to our File Manager core app from nautilus. Let me provide some context.

+Oliver Grawert presented the topic on ubuntu-desktop to explore what would be needed to be done for a switch. This is no different to when someone proposes a switch to another default app (e.g. Rhythmbox to Banshee, Firefox to Chromium).

There are a set of considerations that we assess when determining which default apps to ship. This includes features, quality, integration, stability, and the health of the upstream. The Ubuntu Desktop team takes these considerations into account when making a decision, and the decision is always discussed out in the open at UDS and on ubuntu-desktop.

What is important to note is that the decision has not been made yet. We are not even close.

While the File Manager core apps team are doing a wonderful job, there is still lots to be done to deliver what is considered core functionality in the app, and ensuring it converges on the desktop. We also have some core platform work that needs to be done (so Ubuntu SDK apps can run on the desktop). What is happening here is that Oliver is kicking of the discussion to assess what needs to be done; this is a valuable open discussion we should have.

As such, if you see headlines saying "Ubuntu switching from Nautilus to File Manager", know that those reporters have not done their homework. The very best source of information for which apps we ship by default on Ubuntu Desktop is the ubuntu-desktop mailing list.

Speaking personally (thus this is my opinion, not an official Ubuntu stance), if File Manager can deliver our needs, I think a switch would be wonderful. It will be another piece of our code-base that will be fully convergent and it will look and feel more like Ubuntu than nautilus.
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