I've been a ROX desktop user for about 2 years now, and a Linux user for about 3. I've not switched on my RPC for about 6 months. There is very little that you can't do with ROX that you could with R O, what is more there is a *lot* you can do that isn't possible with R O. Especially when it comes to personalisation. R O was an industry leader at one time, but totally lost its way, with an inward-looking community and 'domestic' disputes.
Incidentally I only came here, because the article was marked up on another discussion group, and i realised I still hade a drobe account.