Trying Out Redox

Use F2 key to get to a login shell. User user can login without password. For root, the password is password for now. help lists builtin commands for your shell (ion). ls /bin will show a list of applications you can execute.

Use F3 key to switch to a graphical user interface (orbital). Log in with the same username/password combinations as above.

Use the F1 key to get back to kernel output.


Sodium is Redox's Vi-like editor. To try it out,

  1. Open the terminal by clicking the icon in the button bar
  2. Type sudo pkg install sodium to install Sodium. You will need network for this.
  3. Type sodium. This should now open up a separate editor window.

A short list of the Sodium defaults:

  • hjkl: Navigation keys.
  • ia: Go to insert/append mode.
  • ;: Go to command-line mode.
  • shift-space: Go to normal mode.

For a more extensive list, write ;help.

Setting a reminder/countdown

To demonstrate the ANSI support, we will play around with fancy reminders.

Open up the terminal emulator. Now, write rem -s 10 -b. This will set a 10 sec. countdown with progress bar.

Playing around with Rusthello

Rusthello is an advanced Reversi AI, made by HenryTheCat. It is highly concurrent, so this proves Redox's multithreading capabilities. It supports various AIs, such as brute forcing, minimax, local optimizations, and hybrid AIs.

Oh, let's try it out!

# install rusthello by typing command
$ sudo pkg install games
# start it with command
$ rusthello

Then you will get prompted for various things, such as difficulty, AI setup, and so on. When this is done, Rusthello interactively starts the battle between you and an AI or an AI and an AI.

Exploring OrbTK

Click the OrbTK demo app in the menu bar. This will open a graphical user interface that demonstrates the different widgets OrbTK currently supports.