Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before
>Caja is an 'improved' version of Nautilus but I fail to see how it could be.
....they're aiming for more user-friendly rather than improved per se - it feels simpler and has some nice (possibly even vaguely safe) features for folk who need a gui for administrative file management.
.... the issue list is legion, so I think it's disingenuous to imply they are not hammering this - it's also kind of a tricky undertaking - cf Windows explorer which still can't keep directory listings fresh, estimate transfer time or prompt for conflict intervention in advance despite several million hours of developer time.
>'Normal people', who are used to Windows 7, etc, will not be impressed and will think it is clunky and amateurish and definitely not ready for the desktop.
Probably true, it feels minimalist and lacks the 'Aero' gloss of recent Windows, but the vast majority of new Mint users are escaping Unity/Ubuntu - and it really is exactly what they want.