The enterprise was staffed with former employees of Apple, Netscape, Be Inc., Linuxcare, Microsoft, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems, among others. Mike Boich was CEO; Bud Tribble was VP of Engineering; Andy Hertzfeld was a principal designer and Darin Adler led development. Susan Kare, author of the original Macintosh icons, was brought in to design new vector graphics-based iconography.
Eazel's main achievement was the new Nautilus file manager for the GNOME desktop environment. Its business plan involved monetizing online services to be offered through Nautilus such as storage, but it failed to do so before venture capital ran out. On March 13, 2001, Eazel released Nautilus 1.0 and laid off most of its employees. It attempted to sell its core development group but went out of business in May 2001.
The Nautilus file manager has continued to be updated by the free and open source software community.
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- Nautilus File Manager
- John Ochwat (2000-09-15). "Eazel's Business Model". O'Reilly Network. O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- Timothy R. Butler (2008-05-30). "Got Vision?". Open for Business.