Nemo file manager now available in Ubuntu 13.04 backports repo

Ubuntu 13.04 is a great release in almost all terms except one – the nautilus file manager. The version released with 13.04 is so bad that it hinders daily work. There are glaring omissions like the missing status bar, no compact list view, the split tab, the list goes on. Nautilus 3.6 can be termed as a proper regression in many ways.
This issue, though,  can be overcome by adding patches to  Nautilus or by upgrading to Gnome 3.8. If you dont want unofficial patches in your machines then the other options include installing and using Dolphin(KDE), Thunar (XFCE) or PCManFM(Lubuntu) and Nemo (Linux Mint). Almost all file managers required adding/installing additional libraries  which many of the users do not like doing. Barring two- PCmanFM and Nemo.
Yes, some developers of Ubuntu seem to have taken a liking for Nemo and have ported Nemo for Ubuntu 13.04 minus the dependencies of Cinnamon and added it to Ubuntu raring backports.  So now it becomes very easy for anyone who wants to have the functionalities of the old nautilus back without adding any extra patches.You can  install nemo from Ubuntu Software Centre or via the commandline.
:~$ sudo apt-get install nemo
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information… Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libnemo-extension1 nemo-data
Recommended packages:
  nemo-fileroller
The following NEW packages will be installed
  libnemo-extension1 nemo nemo-data
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 4,854 kB of archives.
After this operation, 16.4 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Get:1 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-backports/universe libnemo-extension1 amd64 1.7.2-1~ubuntu13.04.1 [16.7 kB]
Get:2 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-backports/universe nemo-data all 1.7.2-1~ubuntu13.04.1 [3,991 kB]
Get:3 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-backports/universe nemo amd64 1.7.2-1~ubuntu13.04.1 [846 kB]                                                   
Fetched 4,854 kB in 2min 17s (35.4 kB/s)           
As you can see the packaged files for nemo are being pulled from the raring-backports repository. I have not added any extra ppas for nemo. You can get back the much needed status bar, the split view  and the compact view. Also, the list view is much better in Nemo compared to Nautilus.  
I have not yet found a way to integrate dropbox and ubuntu one without adding dependencies to cinnamon. But for now, you can enjoy a simpler, cleaner and better file manager apt for carrying out your daily activities without losing your mind and also without adding unofficial patches or extra dependencies. Nemo looks best in Radiance theme.

Nemo in Ambiance Theme
Nemo in Radiance Theme

Sayantan Das

Sayantan is a DevOps Consultant by the day and works mainly with Ansible and Linux . He is a AWS - SA and RedHat Certified Engineer . He loves to tinker with Linux systems .

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