Vertical taskbars on MATE

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at
Sun Aug 26 20:30:15 UTC 2018

On Sun, 2018-08-26 at 21:38 +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
> On Sun, 26 Aug 2018 at 20:20, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> Download it and try it!

It's missing USB support. It might not be real-time capable and/or
provides no multitasking etc. pp.

You only remember the pros, but there were more cons.

The C64 provides better hard real-time MIDI (MIDI is directly available
by the main bus and due to the limited hardware there is perfect control
over the IRQ), than a modern PC (Linux or Windows or whatsoever) does,
but the C64 and similar computers at best provide pseudo-multitasking,
if at all, no professional hard disk audio recording, if at all, no good
graphics, no USB etc. pp. There was no need for security updates of the
C64 kernel. Due to all that limitations programs could be written in
Assembler. At that time a bank robbery by computer was easy to do. That
everything was smaller had some side effects. Keep in mind that old
machines were not faster. How long did it take to calculate the
Mandelbrot set with old PCs in low resolution? It took minutes or hours.
Today we can fly through the Mandelbrot set in high resolution. The
calculation takes ms or us? I don't know, but we don't need to wait for
the calculation.

> ROX-Filer is not ROX.

But it's the main part, not just a file manager, since the ROX
philosophy is based on the UNIX file philosophy and it manages panels,

That other parts are not available seems to be an upstream issue, not
caused by the Linux distributions.

For example, is a dead link:

Submitted by Thomas Leonard on Thu, 2006-01-05 18:30

    Core software GPL Window management 

a lightweight Window Manager for ROX
Current stable version:
Primary author(s): 
Guido Schimmels and Jonatan Liljedahl
Zero Install URL (drag link to AddApp to install):

OroboROX is a lightweight Window Manager for the ROX Desktop. OroboROX
is in development and not completely stable and could give you problems
with some applications. But many people are using this as their everyday
WM, so don't hesitate to try it out!" -

IMO we need better widget toolkits, that we could get, by just going a
few steps back in the development of the current available toolkits such
as GTK.

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