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Old 02-16-2005, 10:33 PM   #1
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What is Rox and How do I use it with Gnome 2.6?

I've been looking for ways to enhance my desktop. I'm using Gnome 2.6 and well, after having a looking at screen shots that I've seen of other people's desktops, I'm seeing cool stuff like the computer stats and weather stuck on the desktop. I discovered that these components are available because these people were using Rox.

I've downloaded Rox and installed it once before but I couldn't understand how to use it. Basically what happened when I installed Rox is that I was able to open up a window that showed my home directory. It had a gray background and was really nothing special or cool like the screenshots that I've seen. Also, I learned that I had to do a terminal command to "pin" the rox desktop so that it'd run ontop of whatever enviroment I'm on.

Being really new to Rox, I was wondering if anyone can tell me what is it? I don't fully comprehend what it is and how its used. I also don't know how people were to put the weather and cpu stats onto the desktop. Is this really a component of Rox or can I do with just Gnome.

Basically I'd like to learn how to use Rox and being able to make it fit with the Gnome desktop enviroment I'm already using. The nature of Rox and what it is confuses me so any help shedding light on what it can do and is capable of is greatly appreciated.
Old 02-16-2005, 10:53 PM   #2
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for the most part, rox is an excellent file manager, quick, easy to use, my favorite file manager, actually...but it also includes a pinboard feature that a lot of people like....check out the details at:



The Rox Manual

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Old 02-16-2005, 10:54 PM   #3
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Rox is a graphical file manager that can also put icons on the desktop when using the -pin parameter in the command. i don't know much about it but i used it a little bit, but it seems since you are using Gnome it would redundant to use Rox while logged in to Gnome when Nautilus draws desktop icons and is a graphical file manager too...

Rox is more suited for lighter window managers like blackbox, fvwm, mwm, twm, windowmaker...

Linux is all about freedom to make choices so if you want to use Rox while logged in to Gnome you have that choice too...
Old 02-17-2005, 12:04 AM   #4
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The weather systems and such things are there days usually done with either Karamba, or SuperKaramba. Ive been using the latter when was still using KDE, and it was pretty neat, but the transparency only worked in kde, so.. But might work in gnome, or perhaps karamba is a better hit..

Rox realy is just a filemanager with some great features, it cannot make eye-candy for you.. (:
Old 02-17-2005, 12:31 AM   #5
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You'd want gdesklets for Gnome
Old 02-17-2005, 03:11 AM   #6
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The desktop applet is exactly what I'm looking for! I went to download and tried installing it. It appeared to go pretty well. There is an error though. It's saying that I don't have something called lgdbm. I'm not sure what that is. I'm currently running Suse 9.2 Pro and was wondering if anyone managed to get this desktop applet working and if so, how did you do it? I'm so close!


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