I might look at thumbnail display and perhaps reduce memory available for that method..
--If I was reinstalling nautilus, I would completely remove it and its initis, in your /home and by using purge with apt-get remove nautilus
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1157139http://subbass.blogspot.ca/2009/05/is-y ... -open.html
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apt-get remove --purge nautilus
--you might not want to use this command, research on Internet !
When you log back in Nautilus should be opening directories instantly again. Apparently this became an issue in 8.10 when Assistive technologies was enabled by default
I've been using Linux since the mid-90s and Ubuntu since 2007. Nautilus is a reasonably good window manager but it is not on par performance-wise with the rest of the OS. I have a pretty quick machine but it sometimes feels like I'm still in 1986.
For example (with Assistive Technologies off), if one opens a window in list mode and tries to then click to open a subdirectory or type the beginning of a directory name in order to select it, Nautilus first updates all of the subdirectory's item counts before paying attention to the user input.
One could always choose a better file manager, such as Gnome commander
--that should be faster being derivative (in style or method) from the famous xtree
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XTreehttp://www.nongnu.org/gcmd/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compariso ... e_managers