"Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!
Updates to My Past Reviews
Copyright (c) 1996
Published in Issue 12 of the Linux Gazette
I've been writing these short reviews and other articles for the Gazette
since issue number seven. Even with the short lead time inherent in a
WWW-based publication it seems like new releases and URL changes often happen
right after I submit an article. The status of several of the programs has
changed since I wrote of them, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to list
some of these changes.
By the way, I appreciate all of the email I've received in response to my
articles; feel free to write if you have any comments or criticism.
- Moxfm hasn't been updated since version 1.00 was released
several months ago, but it's working well in the current version. I've
included it here because I've received several e-mail messages stating
that the URL in the article wasn't working. The current URL of the
Moxfm home page is
The source and binaries are in uuencoded form; just let them display on
the screen of a web-browser, save them to a file, then run "uudecode
- TkDesk has been through several versions since I wrote of it;
the current one is 1.0b3, released on Sept.25, 1996. There are many
new features; one which I use often is a file pop-up menu-item which
hands the file over to a running Xemacs on another desktop. There is a
similar capability involving HTML files and Netscape (or another
browser). Check out the
web-page for the latest news.
- FileRunner has been developing rapidly in the past few months.
It's current version is 2.1.1, and many refinements have been made.
It's FTP capabilities have been greatly improved; FTP downloads can now
run as a background process, and directories can be displayed
date-ordered. Remote FTP directories can be saved as bookmarks
(accessible from a menu). Many configuration options have been added
as well. The built-in shell windows which follow you from directory to
directory are very handy. They allow you to see the output of
non-interactive commands (such as compilation) and can be dismissed
when not needed. There is a
web-page from which the source can be obtained, as well as from
- Elvis has finally made it to a major release; version 2.00 was
announced recently. It's available from its
official site. Elvis is
remarkable for the small size of the compiled binary, considering how
powerful an editor it is. Elvis's ability to display HTML in a readable
form meshes well with the HTML format of the extensive help files.
- Vile has a new official maintainer; Paul Fox has handed over the
reins to another of the primary Vile developers, Thomas Dickey. Version
6.2 was released recently. For some reason Vile doesn't seem to be as
popular as Vim and Elvis (judging by news-group postings). I urge
anyone who favors vi-style editors to give it a try; it really grows on
you. Vile's new official release site is
- XaoS in its current release (1.2) has a new feature which increases
its usability for those running X with more than 256 colors: it'll run!
Previous releases only worked on 8-bit displays.
- Yodl version 1.08 has been released; it's mainly a
"small-bug-fix" release, i.e. if a previous version does what you want,
you probably don't need it. It's at sunsite.
- Procmeter has been updated to version 2.2; changes include a
choice of solid or bar-type graphing, and refinement of network packet
- Xmosaic development has slowed since my review. The
powers-that-be at the University of Illinois have decided that Xmosaic
will be the second, rather than the first, GTK (Graphics ToolKit)
client to be developed.The GTK is a programming toolkit which will take
the place of Motif in Xmosaic. Scott Powers, Xmosaic's project leader,
stated in a message to the mailing list that development will resume in
a couple of months. The up side to this news is that the GTK is the
"hard part", so that once work resumes on Xmosaic development progress
should be rapid.
Last modified: Wed Nov 20 17:41:22 CST 1996