[LAU] Desktop replacements for ROX applications

Will Godfrey willgodfrey at musically.me.uk
Sun Nov 14 20:58:25 CET 2021

On Sun, 14 Nov 2021 10:37:25 -0700
Bob van der Poel <bob at mellowood.ca> wrote:

>Not to state the obvious ... but you could install Python2. 3 and 2 live
>quite happily together.
>On Sun, Nov 14, 2021 at 8:27 AM Will Godfrey <willgodfrey at musically.me.uk>
>> For very many years I've been using the combination of OpenBox and ROX.
>> This
>> has provided a very lightweight and user-friendly interface. It's also
>> a good fit for the Raspberry Pi, and users unfamiliar with Linux seem to
>> take
>> to it quickly. However...
>> ROX filer itself is still fine after all this time, but ROX-Lib relies on
>> Python-2, so all apps using it are now dead - as is the rox -users list :(
>> I can get round most of the ones I use but the two I need are desktop
>> replacements for are the Archiving program (which handles a laundry list of
>> formats) and screen resolution manager (based on XrandR).
>> The usual web searches don't seem to show up anything useful.
>> Any suggestions appreciated.

Well, that proved rather interesting. The upgrade (devuan chimaera to be
precise) removed python2 and, critically, python-gtk2, but it left the old
entries in apt/sources.list so I was able to reinstall them. That's a bit more
breathing space, but the axe is bound to fall at some point, so I'd still like
to find alternatives.

The archiver is particularly good for newbies. It's drag-and-drop. Drop a
compressed file on it and it will decompress it, drop a plain file on it and it
will put up a menu of compression types. In both cases it *doesn't* delete the

Will J Godfrey
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