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ROX Desktop

ROX Desktop

The ROX Desktop is a desktop environment, a lightweight alternative to GNOME or KDE based on the ROX-Filer file manager. It is inspired by the user interface of RISC OS.

The interface revolves around the file manager, or filer, following the traditional Unix view that 'everything is a file' rather than trying to hide the filesystem beneath start menus, wizards, or druids. The aim is to make a system that is well designed and clearly presented.

The ROX style favours using several small programs together instead of creating all-in-one mammoth-applications.

 ROX Desktop

Free to download

Latest versions are updated over the net


Hundreds of developers


System Requirements
Dependent on standalone application

Support Sites:
The ROX Guidebook, FAQ, ROX-Filer manualSourceForge Project Page

Selected Reviews:

Software included:

  • ROX-Filer - a fast and powerful graphical file manager for the X Window System
  • OroboROX - a lightweight window manager for the ROX Desktop
  • Archive - an easy to use program for creating and extracting file archives
  • ROX-Session - a simple session manager
  • ROX-Lib - contains shared code used by other ROX applications
  • Edit - a simple text editor with:
    • Unlimited undo and redo
    • Interactive searching
    • Powerful search and replace, with full regular expression support
    • Syntax highlighting
    • Spell checking
    • Show changes from saved version, or from a previous backup
    • Bookmarks
    • Word wrap
    • Drag-and-drop saving
    • Supports UTF-8, allowing free use of characters from all languages
  • ROX-All - a single archive containing launchers for most of the ROX applications
  • AddApp - allows additional applications to be easily installed
  • Beluga - a wireless connection manager
  • DownloadManager - download manager for Fetch, limiting the number of simultaneous downloads
  • Fetch - acts as a download handler for ROX-Filer
  • ROX-Samba - uses fusesmb to mount Samba shares as local directories and browse them with ROX-Filer
  • Ratatosk - a simple Jabber client
  • Postal - an applet that checks multiple accounts for mail
  • WiFi - a wireless quality monitor applet
  • Launch - provides facilities for launching URLs
  • Mail - applet which provides mail/no mail notification by its icon and also serves as a launcher for your prefered mail client
  • RAWThumbnail - ROX-Filer helper to generate thumbnails for the Canon RAW files (*.crw, *.cr2) from a Canon digital camera
  • Picky - an image viewer which displays PNG, JPEG and GIF images
  • ComicThumb - generates thumbnails for comix archives (cbr, cbz, cbt)

  • AlgoScore - a graphical environment for algorithmic composition, where music is constructed directly in an interactive graphical score
  • Jammin - MPD playlist randomizer
  • mplayer-rox - wrapper around mplayer
  • Mp3Ogg2Wav - a small rox utility to convert .ogg and .mp3 files to .wav files
  • Ripper - a CD Ripper/Encoder
    • FreeDB/CDDB access
    • Editable track, title, genre, etc., even after CDDB fetching
    • Simultaneous rip and encode
    • Supports many command-line ripper and encoder programs (e.g. cdda2wav, cdparanoia, lame, oggenc, etc.)
    • Allows album art to be saved as .DirIcon
    • Configurable library (file and directory) patterns
  • Volume - a Panel Applet that puts a popup volume control in your panel. It also functions as a Mixer application
  • MusicBox - a Music Player which features:
    • MP3, OGG, Flac, WAV support.
    • ESD, Alsa, OSS support.
    • Album Art display
    • Drag and Drop adding of Songs, Directories of songs, and Playlists (m3u, pls and xml)
    • Shuffle play (with cache so you don't replay songs too frequently).
    • Seek control bar to zip to specific parts of any song.
    • Volume Control
    • Playlist filtering
    • Translations: de, fr, it, es, pt_BR
  • VideoThumbnail - a helper program for ROX-Filer which provides images for video files
  • Album - converts collections of MP3 files into an application directory that will play the files using xmms
  • SysBars - show CPU load etc in bars on the panel
  • WiFi - a wireless quality monitor applet
  • HddTemp - a front end to "hddtemp" daemon showing temperature of hard drives
  • Lithium - a battery status monitor applet
  • System - process and disk monitor
  • NetStat - applet displays the current network activity
  • Mem - applet displays the current memory usage and the current swap space usage
  • Load - applet displays the load average of your system
  • Tail - displays the contents of a text file, updating as the text file is updated
  • FreeFS - monitor free space on a file system
  • XDGSupport - creates SendTo items for .desktop files
  • ROX-Trasher - Trashcan application for the ROX Filer and Desktop
  • Thumbs - simple thumbnail manager
  • XAttr - view or edit extended file attributes
  • Execute - GUI to run programs by command / run programs as different user
  • - shell script that unpacks lots of archives
  • Trashcan - a trashcan that complies with the freedesktop-trash-spec
  • ROXTerm - like gnome-terminal without Gnome baggage
  • Depend - utility for checking dependencies of other ROX utilities.
  • Rubbish - a very simple rubbish bin.
  • Trash - a unified trashcan application for ROX.
  • ROX-thumbnailers - generates thumbnails for ROX-Filer using various thumbnailers
  • RoxISO - create and burn data CD images
  • Memo - alarm clock and reminder list
  • Contacts - a Personal Information Manager
  • AppFactory - automates the creation of ROX wrappers for non-ROX programs
  • Screensaver - control screensaver settings with ROX-Session
  • XDGStart - edits XDG autostart entries
  • Autostart - autostart manager
  • Font - font selection and smoothing configuration
  • Appearance - GTK and Icon theme configuration
  • Time - sets time and date
  • XPlanet - pinboard backdrop application
  • Resolution - change screen resolution dynamically
  • Mouse - mouse configuration applet
  • Keyboard - keyboard configuration applet
  • Gamma - set the gamma correction for your screen
  • MIME-Editor - change the rules for guessing a file's type
  • Wallpaper - can be used to place an image on your desktop background
Development tools
  • Zero2Bundle - create self-contained bundles from a Zero Install feed
  • Reinteract-ROX - a system for interactive experimentation with python
and more...

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