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ROX-Filer 2.1.3 released

By Chris Williams. Published: 8th Aug 2004, 22:33:19 | Permalink | Printable

ROS in X Windows continues

Screenshot of ROXThomas Leonard has announced the release of ROX-Filer 2.1.3, the RISC OS-esque filer for Linux and other Unix-compatible OSes. Features new to 2.1.3, described as a developer release but still "quite stable", include improved Xinerama support, a 'brief' option for copy and move action windows and other improvements and bug fixes.

ROX-Filer's user interface is "based on the RISC OS filer, and it supports similar concepts, such as application directories, drag-and-drop saving and popup menus" and provides an equivalent to the RISC OS pinboard and iconbar. You can use ROX-Filer with your choice of existing X Windows desktops, or with the ROX desktop.


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What happened to ROX Linux - the ROX environment on a wafer-thin Linux install?

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 10/8/04 10:09AM
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I was on the mailing list for a while. The impression I got was that it was starting to grow into a huge sprawling monster. (eg P2 as minimum spec.)

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 17/8/04 9:51AM
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How is a P2 monstrous? I accept that it isn't quite as old as 1994 technology, but it's surely of similar heritage to the StrongARM.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 17/8/04 12:51PM
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It's heardly wafer thin is it? Given the RO can run happilly on an ARM 2, (Or current versions on a 7500). If it were on a par with RO, a 486 should be fine. Having greedier requirements than windows 95 doesn't really seem to be high efficiency. There were other things - it seemed to stop being simple. Don't know what happened, I lost web access for a while...

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 17/8/04 1:10PM
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If it were "on a par" with RISC OS, I'd imagine that it'd use the framebuffer directly in SVGA mode, amongst other shortcuts, which would certainly bring the recommended specification down but not exactly provide the best of both worlds, which is what the point of the exercise presumably is. I'd regard wafer-thin as being a reasonable stack of technologies but without the bloat of the average distro as it installs tons of packages you're never going to even see, let alone use.

Of course, if ROX Linux were also to run on Acorn hardware, that would be an interesting bonus, but I don't see that being very popular any time soon.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 17/8/04 1:32PM
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guestx: AIUI, there's no plan for a full ROX distro. ROX is, however, now a full desktop environment, with pinboard, panel, session manager etc. It's still pretty lightweight, although features such as file previews are now included. It's certainly fast enough to run easily on the minimum spec that most current distros require!

 is a RISC OS Userjohnpettigrew on 14/9/04 9:34AM
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Perhaps the seemingly stalled ROX Linux (or is it ROX OS?) effort should make use of live distros like Slax - then you've got the luxury of a ROM-based operating system with the look of RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 14/9/04 12:09PM
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