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Welcome to the Joy of ROX. I put this page together in order to share some of what I've done with the ROX desktop environment.
The ROX Desktop is an easy to use desktop environment based around the filesystem. It's main component is ROX-Filer, a light-weight GTK+ based file manager that also works well as a stand-alone application. Both the filer and the full desktop environment make very heavy use of drag-and-drop and application directories.
On this site, I have posted some things that I hope will help others discover the Joy of ROX, including some applets, patches, AppDirs, papers, and scripts. I have found them very useful in setting up my ROX desktop, and I hope you will as well.
This is a shot of my last desktop. I've moved the
Sawfish pager into the panel. The new version supports being used as a
GTK+ plug, so I decided to take advantage of it and package it as a panel
Here's another newer screenshot, but with more going on. You may
notice the popup menu in the upper part of the screen. That's ROX-Menu
taking advantage of the new "no window" mode. Since the Sawfish menu
is pretty dull (and a pain to configure), I thought I'd put ROX-Menu's
newest feature to good use. I also set it up with a different
configuration from the one in my panel, so I can have things like the
the Sawfish configuration options.
This one is slightly older. Of the 42
AppDirs visible on that screen, only seven are wrappers. And of those,
two are custom made wrappers that can start multiple programs and four
are for programs that came with the standard Slackware 9.0 install.
The other 35 are all either ROX applications or repackaged to be real
AppDirs. In addition to these, I have a Games directory containing 28
AppDirs, of which five are wrappers and the other 23 are games that
I've repackaged as real AppDirs.
A screenshot of one of my older ROX desktops. I found that Sawfish
worked better than any other window manager I had installed
when running a full ROX desktop. The panel is
about as small as I can make it, which I think works
pretty well. That's ROX-MMS on the
right by the clock, a patched ROX-Menu with a smaller
button icon on the left, and Inuyasha on the backdrop.