Many things are happening at once, but I have made some changes to the new MIME bars to test ideas with our users. I'm now logging on GNOME 2.30 (OpenSuse 11.3) fulltime from a thin client. I have gotten all basic applications (Evolution + Firefox + OpenOffice) running. I can start the other applications manually easily. After I installed another group of icons for our beta testers, I'll start getting feedback.
I have always wished that Nautilus gave you a hover mouse page preview larger than the thumbnails that currently appear. If you have hundreds of thousands or millions of documents many of them are very similar, especially those on letterhead. So experimentally I have created a tabbed dialog that appears when you double-click on a file. The "Options" tab allows you to select your next step. (shot below):
The Details tab shows you a big preview of the first page of the document, along with the owner of the document and the file size. Very few people discovered the "properties" found in the right-mouse of nautilus. They call all the time to find out the owner of files; so hopefully this will help. And believe it or not, but a lot of people don't understand K, MB and GB acronyms; so I'm testing the idea of displaying the file size fully expanded with lots of zeros. :)
I'm looking forward to getting feedback, and think these minor tweaks of the UI will make the system easier than ever for our employees.