The default interface is divided into a left panel, which provides fast access to bookmarks and common places, the rest of the area being occupied by the file browser itself. The status bar at the bottom shows the name, type, size, date modified and owner of the currently selected file.
These are the main features:
- tab support
- Nautilus-like location bar
- three file view modes: Icon View, List View and Column View
- networking support (SSH, FTP, Windows share, HTTP and HTTPS)
- customizable toolbar, including toolbar icon size
- single click/double click to open file
- show hidden files
- zoom in/out
Installation in Ubuntu
Marlin is not yet in the Ubuntu official repositories, but a PPA is available. To install it, open a terminal and type in these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:marlin-devs/marlin-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install marlin
The repository contains versions for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and 12.04 Precise Pangolin.
Overall, Marlin gets the job done. It's nothing more, nothing less than what you'd expect from a simple file manager, it blends well in GNOME, and it's pretty lightweight.