Where are the Applications?

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Where are the Applications?

Postby jbv » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:10 am

If you have been looking at and using FoxyRoxy, you may feel that we have left out all of the Applications you would expect from a normal distribution. You may also have noticed there are a heap of little things (like monitoring or reporting tools and/or test files) spread all over the place ... well, they're not really; in truth, they are where they are meant to be. Almost everything in FoxyRoxy is installed, and where it is by design, not accident.

The reason for this is quite simple and easy to explain. FoxyRoxy has been built to be rock-solid, robust, and use as few resources as possible. By resources, we mean both memory and processor overhead. Therefore, in it's current guise, FoxyRoxy has a veritable plethora of tools to monitor things and to help work out what is happening. Therefore you will find numerous apps and tools like the Gnome-Resource-Monitor, LXtask, and even Conky installed. All of which at first glance may seem to do the same thing, yet if you look a little deeper we hope you will see they do the same thing differently and will often show you a different aspect of what you thought you were looking at. This can often give you a different perspective of something. Yes, this is the care and attention to detail that has gone into FoxyRoxy. It may not be perfect, it may be far from it, but we have done what we have with as much care and attention to detail as we are capable of. We hope it shows in the end result.

You may also notice these tools are basically "clean", without bells and whistles. For example Conky is pretty much out of the box, except it has been moved over to the right-hand side of the screen and doesn't cover the desktop items you might what. We don't pull in weather info or do anything to try to look fancy. LXtask is on the desktop pop-up menu (right-click), and the desktop is a little sparse. There is only one sound file "test.wav" which lives in your root user home directory. This is there so you can test audio as soon as you log in. So, once again, this is by design. Everything in FoxyRoxy has been placed where it is by design. If something looks sparse, there is usually a reason for it. In time, we will document this and/or you will come to see "the vision" for yourself, and (we hope) appreciate where we are headed and also see how we got here, while understanding that we know where we are headed and how we will get there. ... if all goes well :lol:

We've got a way to go, and we won't get there overnight, but we will get there carefully and in a planned manner. At the end, it will work and work well.

You can easily add your must-have Application.
Why do you think God invented "apt-get"?

However, if there is a cool tool or technique that you think we've missed, then please let us know.
We do ask that you not be offended if it isn't just "chucked in" though. :cry:

Where possible, over the next few weeks/months we hope that our documentation will allow you to create your own "professional injection" file so anyone can easily add/cleanly-install your "must have" app or tool. This will take a little while to document, but we will be striving to get the docs sorted as soon as practical. In the meantime, please do what you can to help either with scripts or docs, but we do ask that you take a moment to see where we are headed and look at the breadcrumbs we feel have already been laid, and we ask you to follow the general style/technique/feel of them and use these as your guiding (inspirational) light.

Thanks for looking at this, and we hope you'll join us for what we hope will be an enjoyable and fun ride....

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