Which has better Finder? elementary OS freya vs Fedora 24 One-on-one Series

Both, Fedora 24 Workstation and elementary OS freya are beautiful Linux distributions. They have a elegant, stylish, and intuitive user interface. Both have razor sharp design elements, cool transitions, but still ultra light weight and quick. In our first article on One-on-One series, we pit elementary OS freya against Fedora 24 workstation and take a in-depth look at Finder in both the operating systems.

finder - elementary os vs fedora

Fedora 24 Workstation and elementary OS freya simply call the Finder as ‘Files’. In Fedora, Files can be launched from start menu, and in elementary OS, it can be accessed from ‘Applications’ menu.


1. User Interface Look & Feel

Both look clean and elegant. Icons are colored light Blue in elementary OS, while Fedora 24 has a washed Brown color in their default condition. Elementary OS has clearly distinguishable icons for each of the category like Home, Documents, Music, Videos, etc, but Fedora comes with font-awesome style icons that are all black in color. It is easier to quickly click on required category in elementary OS, while in Fedora it takes a second more for same action. So the winner here is elementary OS.

Files - elementary OS vs Fedora
Files – elementary OS (left) vs Fedora (right)

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2. Breadcrumb Navigation

Both the OS comes with breadcrumb navigation, but only elementary OS allows copying path of the navigation by clicking on the breadcrumb. Fedora won’t let you copy the path. This feature seems like a important miss from Fedora size.

elementary OS Breadcrumb
elementary OS Breadcrumb
Fedora Breadcrumb
Fedora Breadcrumb

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3. Views Style Customization

Freya allows viewing the content in the form of Grid, List, and Columns. Fedora 24 lists in the form of Grid and List style only. Columns view is not available in Fedora. How useful is the column list style? If you ask me, I would say it is very useful when you want to explore the content of the folder in a hierarchical way. You exactly know where you are going, especially for those deep embedded folders. Clearly Freya is the winner here.

View Styles in Freya
View Styles in Freya
View Styles in Fedora 24
View Styles in Fedora 24

In the list mode, Freya also lists the day, date and time of an item that got last modified. Fedora only lists the time.

Date & Time Stamp for Items in elementary OS
Date & Time Stamp for Items in elementary OS
Date & Time Stamp for Items in Fedora 24
Date & Time Stamp for Items in Fedora 24

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4. Touch Screen Optimization

Fedora has large spacing between the items in the left navigation pane. It also has the drop down menu optimized for touch screen just like you see in smartphone OS these days. This drop-down menu lets you create New Folder, launch New tab, and some other commonly used features. Seems like Fedora’s Finder is more optimized for Touch screen.

Handy Drop Down List in Fedora 24
Handy Drop Down List in Fedora 24

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5. Search Functionality

This one is a bummer! Fedora comes with a search box in the Finder that gives real time list of the searched content. Elementary OS has no search function. I’m surprised how this feature got vomited.

Search in Fedora's Finder
Search in Fedora’s Finder

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6. Color Tagging

Elementary OS freya lets you color tag items in the Finder. Color palette is accessible from the right-click context menu on the item. Fedora has no color tagging feature.

Color Tagging Items (elementary OS Freya)
Color Tagging Items (elementary OS Freya)
Color Tagged Items (elementary OS Freya)
Color Tagged Items (elementary OS Freya)

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7. Drive Properties

Elementary OS has a more professional looking and informative approach to the drive properties. It displays detailed time stamp along with graphical representation of the available free space and consumed percentage. Fedora has simplest details.

Item Properties (elementary OS0
Item Properties (elementary OS)
Item Properties (Fedora)
Item Properties (Fedora)

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ONE-ON-ONE WINNER – BEST FINDER/EXPLORER

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Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover, and enjoys hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Linux Mint as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Ubuntu, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread my love for Linux. If you find time, drop me an email or feedback from 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

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