the free software it has all kinds of benefits, those of us who use it have this very clear and we enjoy it. However, sometimes, due to the lack of a single authority that decides the progress of an entire project (as may be the case in a company like Microsoft or Apple) there are mismatches that end up harming the end user, and we have witnessed how sometimes an update had to be left for a future version of a distro due to the fact that not enough tests had been done yet in preparation for its release.
A similar case concerns us now, as at Canonical they have decided to dry cut and to Include an Older Version of Nautilus in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS |. It is clear that being LTS is supposed to be extremely stable and that is why developers have preferred to use Nautilus 3.14.3, Considered very reliable by all who have used it, and leaving aside the latest version 3.18 of the file explorer, which was originally planned. And in this case it must be said that just as Canonical has often been criticized for not listening to its users or for deciding regardless of their opinion, this time they have decided based on the very bad reviews that Nautilus 3.18 has been receiving.
For starters, GNOME developers have updated the file explorer with some welcome interface changes, but at the same time some have arrived. bugs that are not acceptable for users and have greatly diminished their performance. Something too important if we consider that it is one of the most used applications daily. That’s why Sebastian Bacher, one of the devs of Canonical, explain that “the new version will need more work, which will not happen in this cycle”, and explains that although some problems are being solved (such as those brought by the new file copy dialog) but that these in turn they require certain changes to the interface and this is what GNOME developers are working on now (and recently when they are finished, those of Canonical will be able to start doing the same).
As we can see, relying on third-party software (in this case, GNOME) means that Canonical must adapt to the situation and opt for a more conservative approach, as they have cleverly done in this case. . Thus, users gain in peace of mind and stability, while losing the benefits of having a newer application.