In search of a slim "desktop"
Usually, my computer's desktop is either cluttered with
webbrowser or terminal windows. But ocassionally, I'm a friend
of a "desktop" environment, where I can operate on files using a
"point and click" interface, move files with the mouse et.
I've been searching for a slim desktop environment for my 192MB,
500MHz laptop recently. I didn't want huge things like KDE,
GNOME or even XFce, as they all come with ways too much stuff
that I don't want. What I want is icons on the desktop, a filemanager,
preferably drag&drop support, and something to tell which of the
programs I use anyways to run when clicking a file. No bazillion
of icons, apps, etc.
Programs I've stumled across in my search are:
So that's the end of the list, and no winner? When I was close to going
back to the xterms and typing I had another look at the 'rox' filer's
homepage and saw that it can manage the root window too, and that's exactly
what I'm using now:
- idesk: nice, but no dragging of icons, any new icon needs
to be made by editing a config file. No thanks!
- xtdesk: not in pkgsrc, and it doesn't seem to support
- fbdesk: As I'm using fluxbox on my laptop, this sounded interesting.
Handling of the icons isn't very comfortable, the popup menue sticks
around a lot, and overall it's not very confortable, too.
- tkdesk: I have good memories of that one from some years ago, but
when running the binary package that's available for NetBSD 2.0/i386,
it dumps core immediately. Not very encouraging.
- rox: This is not a desktop program, but a file manager. Seems pretty
decent (in contrast to some of the others that I've looked at... I
even don't remember any names any more).
The above image shows fluxbox as a windowmanager with the PanthFlux
theme, pine as my favourite mail client for reading not only spam,
gqmpeg with the CoronerQ for playing mp3s and a 'rox' filer window
with some files in it. The root windows is managed by the 'rox'
filer too, displaying a custom background image, a bunch of
icons for programs I use frequently plus right now only one file
that I'm editing frequently, which is configured to bring up an editor.
All this works fine in 192MB RAM, 'rox' needs about 10MB (5MB resident),
which is OK so far. My conflusion:
[Tags: desktop, rox]