Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2007 22:46 UTC
Window Managers Various parts and applications of the ROX Desktop have been updated recently. Firstly, ROX-All 1.1 (a single archive containing launchers for most of the ROX applications) has been released; the main improvement is that it's now compatible with Ubuntu Edgy. Also, ROX-Filer 2.6 (the file manager at the core of the ROX desktop) has been released. Filer can be updated via the built-in update tool. Lastly, various important panel applets have been updated.
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rox has been overtaken in its niche
by gregorlowski on Sun 4th Mar 2007 06:08 UTC
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2006-03-20

About 3 years ago, I installed rox on top of fvwm for a friend who had a really old laptop with about 100mb ram + a win98 system that had become unusable due to spyware. She had lost her original install media. It's not just that she isn't tech savvy, she is totally tech inept, but she just needed her machine for web browsing+ word processing. She was short on cash at the time and didn't want to buy a newer machine...

Well, it was a huge mistake. She had a very hard time using rox. I customized the fvwm to make it simple but kind-of attractive. I made her menu shortcuts for synaptic (was a debian system) and all the apps she used, BUT... basically, she had such a hard time with her system that I think it actually soured our friendship. I think she goofed in ROX a few times and accidentally deleted some important files. She probably cringes when she hears "linux" and would probably never try it again.

After a year of using it, she had some money saved up from her new job and bought a mac mini.

At the time, I don't know that there was a better FOSS setup for her old machine. Gnome was already pretty nice at the time (this was before ubuntu existed), but her machine couldn't have handled it. I think the old xfce file manager was too non-intuitive and confusing for that to have worked either. There really was no good option.

If I were in the same situation today, I'd really think twice about giving a total tech inept person linux. But if I they really needed something light weight for old hardware and had no other option, I certainly would NOT go with Rox again; I'd go with xfce. Actually, I set up an old laptop for my wife with the new xfce, and she generally has no problems with it.

Anyway... a bit long winded, but I mostly bring it up because I appreciate the Rox project and in the past it served a certain niche. However, these days I think thunar blows it out of the water in that niche.

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