I didn't try it yet, but I kinda like the news, mc is my regular file manager, I use guis only for thumbnails, and I tried gnome-commander, krusader, tuxcmd, many java apps and although tuxcmd seems best so far I am always in mc. I am interested to see what emperor will look like and I hope it will not be dumbed down, these types of file managers shouldn't be.
Implement a built in terminal that traces your location and a fast filter bar a la Dolphin and I will use it a lot :-)
+1. This feature in Dolphin is just a must-have for me.
Instead of designing new file managers, the GNOME devs should rather implement a proper file dialog which runs at an acceptable speed.
E.g. when selecting something from /usr/bin, it takes forever until the files are loaded (Not to mention that its usuablity and design are terrible).
Just wanted to add to the chorus of love for Dolphin. The best overall browser around, IMHO. There are faster ones (pcManFM is stunningly fast), and more fully featured ones (Konqueror), but none that look good, perform well, and full of features. One of the best design jobs that I've ever seen in KDE.
Primarily being a user of Gnome, I can only hope that the designers aspirations of relegating the file browser to emergencies/unrepentant power users comes soon since nautilus is not going to change in a significant enough way for me.
BTW, as others have said, this is not an official Gnome project. Nautilus isn't going anywhere (unfortunately).