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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

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  4813 votes / 18%
  1868 votes / 7%
  2182 votes / 8%
NeXTstep or lookalikes
  1997 votes / 7%
Some version of Windows
  3951 votes / 15%
GNOME (before v3)
  2272 votes / 8%
  2458 votes / 9%
An obviously superior option not here named
  6478 votes / 24%
26019 total votes.
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:18AM (#40983519)

    GNOME 2.32.0

    Using it right now. Call me old fashioned, but I like a GUI that you can actually use, and even customize.

  • GEM (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:38AM (#40983747)

    The one on the Atari ST, not the crippled one sold to PC owners when Digital Research lost to Apple in court.

  • DOSSHELL.EXE (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kongming (448396) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @10:33AM (#40984431)

    Does DOSSHELL count as a GUI? If so, that was the first one that I ever used, back when I had my first computer and was still learning the command line via trial and error. The computer was a 386 (DX, not SX!) and had a Turbo button that bumped it up from 16MHz to a blistering 25MHz. As far as I can tell, the only point of said button was to slow down old games so that they wouldn't run so fast that you couldn't see them. (Yes, the speed that a lot of games ran at depended on how fast your computer was.) Ah, those were the days.

  • Re:RISC OS (Score:4, Informative)

    by ratbag (65209) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @10:42AM (#40984539)

    You beat me to it, although an 80's kid (such as me) would mostly be using BBC Model Bs and Master 128s which didn't really have a GUI (until the Compact). Archimedes was only launched in 87 and took a while to get into the schools. I was hacking on them between school and university (87-88) and wrote my first few papers on my trusty A310, before "upgrading" to an evil Elonex PC with a 33Mhz 486. For the love of god, why did I do that?

  • Re:Window Maker (Score:4, Informative)

    by jandrese (485) <> on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @10:55AM (#40984739) Homepage Journal
    I'm still using WindowMaker on most of my machines. I never liked Gnome's window manager, and it has only been getting worse over the years. Amazingly, WindowMaker was even updated a couple of months ago.
  • Re:LCARS (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @11:06AM (#40984863)

    Well, you can't make an LCARS interface commercially because it is copyrighted by Paramount. DMCAs have been used to take down apps that look like one at all.

  • Re:LCARS (Score:4, Informative)

    by HappyHead (11389) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @01:52PM (#40986707)

    It doesn't have to be for sale to get taken down by a DMCA order, just available to the public. Anyone who's started working on one gets shut down, so nobody's ever finished anything decent.

    As interfaces go though, it's very bulky - the menus and such take up far too much space on screen, meaning that though it's great for watching someone else using it on a TV screen, since you can see that they're doing stuff, it's not very efficient for actual use.

  • Re:RISC OS (Score:5, Informative)

    by itsdapead (734413) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @04:11PM (#40988871)

    Ah yes, those were the days...

    It had (has) some fun features

    • *No "Save file" box that let you navigate the file system - you got a little window with space to type a filename, and an icon to drag to a filer window... or any other application that accepted files (no special coding needed in the saving application - if you didn't implement the in-memory transfer protocol, it all happened using temporary files). There's a similar feature in Mac OS X that lets you drag icons from the title bar, but only after the file has been saved to disk in the conventional way.
    • "Dock" showing icons for running programs, with a context menu available over each. You know, a bit like Mac OS X.
    • Application "executables" implemented as a directory containing everything the application needed (even updated OS modules) so it didn't need crap installed all over the system disc. Similar to Mac OS X.
    • Early adoption of full-blown, scalable outline fonts (bit like TrueType on Mac OS)
    • Acorn Replay - early example of a video playback system (and briefly ahead of the game in its ability to play back 'smooth' moving video from single-speed CDROM on modest hardware). Bit like Quicktime on Mac OS...
    • Ran on an ARM CPU (a bit like iOS...)

    Er... hang on... this is all sounding a bit like Mac OS... :-) be fair, NeXTStep, a.k.a. Max OS IX 9.0 'Fluffy Kitten' was around at about the same time, RISC OS was Nothing like OSX/Unix under the hood, more like the BBC Micro OS on steroids with an API GUI that anybody who had programmed GEM would find strangely familiar...

    Plus, you could write full-blown GUI apps in BBC Basic - and many did - although it couls be misleading because BBC BASIC could include ARM Assembler.

    Also came bundled with a brilliant vector art package called !Draw.

  • Re:OS/2 (Score:3, Informative)

    by M1FCJ (586251) on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @12:47PM (#40998347) Homepage

    Compared with the available OSes which could do multitasking and still installable at home, it was one of the best OSes around at that time. It beat the pants of the Windows crowd easily. I used to run BBSes on OS/2, even when I was abusing the system running CAD software for my Uni work, my users could still download their files w/o a single CRC error. Windows couldn't even handle two users in one go comfortably. Desqview was the way to go for those but then you couldn't run the CAD stuff.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche


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