Is it possible to run Nautilus instead of Finder on Mac OS X Snow Leopard? How?
You should then be able to run it using the
[EDIT] When I originally wrote this answer, there was another answer and a few comments that dealt with the issue of running Nautilus instead of the Finder: in other words, how to prevent the Finder from running at all. Given that context, my answer as written in its original form clarified and/or provided an alternate method.
It appears that the original author has now removed that answer and the related comments. Without that answer to provide a context, I can understand how my original answer may seem to be coming out of nowhere (hence the downvotes?). I'll try to rework it to provide the necessary context that the deleted answer helped to create.
While Josh's answer regarding MacPorts addresses how to install
In the other answer(s), there seemed to be some confusion about whether it would be possible to prevent the Finder from running.
Unlike an application such as the Dock, the Finder isn't considered a "required" application. For example, if you were to write an AppleScript to the effect of
To do that, all you need to do is simply tell the Finder to quit rather than trying to kill it. When you kill the Finder forcibly by using the Force-Quit option or by using
Telling the Finder to quit via an Apple Event won't result in it automatically being relaunched.
An AppleScript like the following could be run at login to quit the Finder:
A saved version of this in application form is at: QuitFinder.zip
(You can open the application in AppleScript Editor to see its contents by dragging the script app icon onto AppleScript Editor's application icon).
It's not as simple as Josh suggests. The installation takes over an hour and the result is failure that would require a specialist to fix:
(This is mainly a response to jcoles and Chris that required more space than a comment.)
Thanks to the answer by Josh I just successfully installed Nautilus on Mountain Lion. After realising I never need to use Finder again, installing a few other things like gedit, and wiping away my tears of joy, I thought I should make a response to jcoles and Chris.
Perhaps it's because I installed it all in one go from a fresh install of macports, but I saw this message come up during the install:
Running the commands there fixed the error shown by jcoles.