I am considering using Ubuntu as my main OS, but I have realised that Linux does not use creation-date … only last-modification and last-access file date.
From what I have understand from forums, the Linux community has discussed the differences use-cases and concluded that creation-date was useless …
But when you manage photos, creation-date is essential (at least for me). If you use the file browser, one software today or an other tomorrow, it is safe to have the creation-date inside the file and not in the folder name or in the software.
My main concern is not to change creation-date. It is to sort photos or files by creation-date, and access the info via file property.
Even if, I do love the efficiency and stability of Linux, the missing creation-date is a no-go for me.
Successful community suggestions tend to have the following characteristics:
They are made in the correct forum or the appropriate developer mailing list
They are well-researched already. You care more about this feature than anybody else, so look up the feature on Launchpad (or upstream). Use the changelogs and mailing list archives to determine why it was originally dropped, who was involved, and the specific code changes. It’s a real research project - keep notes and bookmark links. You will need to refer back to them.
They occur during the right time in the six-month Ubuntu development cycle. Most changes are planned in early November and early May - the weeks right after an Ubuntu release, as teams start planning their next six months’ work. Many changes are roadmapped a year or two in advance. Don’t approach a team in January expecting to see a new feature in April.
The suggester has enough technical skills to start work. The worst thing you can say to a developer is “Well I’m not a programmer”. Neither were they when they started. Developers will happily mentor: They will show you how to fish. They won’t do all the work for you. They have their own projects (that they care about more).
The suggester has a clear vision and is willing to lead volunteers. You don’t need to do all the work yourself - other interested volunteers pop out of nowhere all the time. Basic leadership and management skills are helpful to spread the load and make the work light and fun for everybody.
The written suggestion itself is persuasive to the audience. You’re not trying to convince yourself.
You have clearly covered a few of those points already. Keep working on the rest.
I think the point is more that if you want additional features that GNOME Files doesn’t have then, other than filing an upstream bug against Files you just need to get a different file manager. sudo apt install caja for the fork of GNOME 2’s Nautilus, sudo apt install nemo for the fork of GNOME 3’s Nautilus.
If you disagree with GNOME’s entire minimalistic philosophy then you should probably switch to an entirely different Ubuntu flavour. If you just want lots of features, Kubuntu is probably the best bet, otherwise try any of the other flavours (except Budgie, which uses GNOME’s apps, as far as I understand).