Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Now Properly Integrates With Nautilus

Unity - Nautilus Integration
Unity - Nautilus Integration

Canonicals’ Marco Trevisan has posted a video in his Google+ page, which shows all the latest features developed in the Unity 7 user interface for the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. In this video, we can see an updated Unity launcher that properly integrates with the Nautilus file manager. In other words every pinned device or local disk, including the Trash, will manage only the respective window. In addition, the Files icon will match the other views.

Previously, Canonical has made a decision to downgrade the Nautilus file manager from version 3.18 to version 3.14. Nautilus is the official Gnome file manager and the recent versions of the software focuses on simplifying the user interface and features to match with Gnome desktop environment. Therefore, the Ubuntu team has decided to stick with an older version of the software and is planning to develop their file manager using QML for Unity 8.

In addition to have better integration with Nautilus, the Unity 7 in the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) will also allow users to select session actions from the Dash. Now users can type session actions in the Unity Dash like log out, suspend, reboot, or shut down and Ubuntu will execute the actions. You can see all the features in the below video.

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  • haylen

    good progress on improving ubuntu OS.

  • Paulo Horta

    I know that’s an old post, but I installed 16.04 recently and found a drawback… I’ve a couple of SMB shares mounted to a folder and when browsing to that folder, the launcher adds a new button as if it was a external device. I have it mounted at /home/user/Network/smbFolder and it’s annoying when it does that.
    It would be helpful if we could add exceptions to this.

    • I currently do not have access to a Linux system to test. But, if I remember correctly you can mount the samba shares in /mnt and it should solve your issue. Folders or disks mounted in /mnt do not get a launcher or desktop icon.

      Let me know if this works.

      • Paulo Horta

        Thanks for the tip. I’ll try that and let you know.

      • Paulo Horta

        Sorry for letting you know just now. Hadn’t had the time until now.
        It worked. I changed the mount point to /mnt and created bookmarks for the folders.
        Now they remain in Nautilus.

        Thanks a lot!

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