So an entire new file manager to copycat the design of an already existing one. That's what i call innovation! From your mockups i don't see many things different from Marlin and gloobus-preview. Even the settings dialogs are quite a rip off. Some changes may be interesting but to create yet another entire projects, i don't really see the point. You'd better of submitting your ideas to the already existing projects you take "inspiration" from. But i guess it wouldn't serve the purpose of promoting a self debian/ubuntu spin off.
Anyway you already know that, it's not the first time i react on this matter.
Let's fragments nowadays gtk file managers tend to have the same looks, let's take a look at marlin, nemo, nautilus and even thunar: 4 similar Places sidebars, guess how many different implementations. Welcome to the 2% user market shares.
As you probably know, I was only responsible for doing the high-fidelity mockups and I only suggested some things here and there(the cloud storage and the transfers plus some ideas from my Nautilus mockup to be precise) the rest is Georgi's work. He was the one behind all the rest of the ideas(including elementary-style parts). In other words, my work here consisted of doing a paint job not engineering the program; plus, it'd be rude if I was asked to help on something and ended up taking over and changing everything the way I like.
If you haven't talked to him yet, it would be great to express your opinion directly as he's both the designer and the one in contact with the SoluOS developer. He might base it on Marlin instead of Nautilus.(ping me in G+ if you contact them )
On a side note, I do agree about the lack of an intuitive file manager. I'll fix that someday.
We already had a chat on g+ [link]. He pointed me pointless differences that can be achieved in a gtk theme. Here's Georgi answer "The sidebar is different, the pathbar alignment, the semitransparent folders in Athena and the status overlay, Athena toolbar is a bit bigger and has more spacing and possibly some other minor-ISH stuff" Yeah for sure the design is quite unique never seen it before apt-get install marlin done I never heard of the SoluOS developer except he's scared of vala. That's about all the constructive discussion i could have with theses people. I guess we'll see soon enough another fork
I like your work Reda, the mockups you're doing are usually inspiring. But in this one seriously, how can i get inspired when it scream to me copycat.
Unfortunately, the chat seems to be private. Anyway, try to think of this as a fork of some sort; I know, it seems pointless to make Nautilus look like an existing file manager because you have that file manager, but let's wait and see how things turn out.
What I like the most is showing the space of your Cloud Storage accounts and the fade when scrolling. Nevertheless, I would set the sidebar in other way: Computer, Bookmarks, Cloud Storage and Devices.