[LAU] Desktop replacements for ROX applications

Brandon Hale bthaleproductions at gmail.com
Sun Nov 14 21:27:48 CET 2021

I've never run Rox, but I just took a look at it. Maybe some 
alternatives that could be very similar in functionality are:



Trinity Desktop (KDE3 Revived)

Mate Desktop (Gnome 2 Revived)

These all have their own applications I do believe and have a retro and 
lightweight feel to them. I know for a fact that LXDE will run on a 
potato. I use it on an old Acer Aspire One netbook. I run mate on my 
main machine and it uses modern gtk3 and is fast and featureful (just 
like I remember it back in 2009)!

I hope this helps. You can also pick and choose which applications you 
like best from all of these and run the ones that you like.

Brandon Hale

On 11/14/21 14:58, Will Godfrey wrote:
> 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>
>> wrote:
>>> 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
> source.

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