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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

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NeXTstep or lookalikes
  1997 votes / 7%
Some version of Windows
  3951 votes / 15%
GNOME (before v3)
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An obviously superior option not here named
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

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  • by Lord Lode (1290856) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:13AM (#40983453)

    And other similar game menus :)

  • by Lord Lode (1290856) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:16AM (#40983487)

    And of course the text "Get Psyched!" while the level was loading and the floppy went "tchuck tchuck tchuck".

  • Window Maker (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Intosi (6741) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:21AM (#40983547) Homepage

    Coming from tvtwm and fvwm, Window Maker [] was extremely beautiful and powerful. Although Gnome 2.x replaced it on all my workstations, I still fondly remember my Window Maker days.

  • FVWM (Score:2, Insightful)

    by jimbodude (2445520) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:26AM (#40983591)
    FVWM, or almost any old WM running on X Windows.
  • KDE3 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by vovick (1397387) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:34AM (#40983691)

    It was nearly perfect, my favourite feature was the abillity to grab the border of a full-screen window and _slightly_ resize it. I simply do not understand why all other WMs i've seen treat a full-screen window differently compared to non-full screen windows _happening_ to cover the entire screen. Oh, and the on-top and on-all-desktops buttons! No idea if KDE4 has these features as well since it's too much of a hog for my "relic" 5 year old hardware.

  • RISC OS (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TomC2 (755722) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:35AM (#40983703)

    Anyone who went to school in the UK in the 1980s grew up on it.

  • GEM (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dingen (958134) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:37AM (#40983727)

    On my Atari ST, GEM was amazing. Maybe not the fanciest system in the world, but I always thought it was pretty sweet for the time.

  • OS/2 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DarthVain (724186) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:58AM (#40983957)

    Surprised no one has mentioned the Warp yet...

  • by zrbyte (1666979) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @10:46AM (#40984605)

    This is getting a bit ridiculous. Some people are starting to use any excuse to bash Unity/Gnome3 whatever.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @10:48AM (#40984649)

    They give us plenty of options for bashing. No reason to find "any excuse".

  • Re:GUI? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Art Challenor (2621733) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @12:48PM (#40985945)

    I'm still using the command line!

    Well yes, but the purpose of a GUI is to give you multiple command line interfaces. I think GUIs do other things, but I have yet to find them essential.

  • Re:GUI? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cduffy (652) <> on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @01:56PM (#40986753)

    Well yes, but the purpose of a GUI is to give you multiple command line interfaces.

    What does tmux have to do with GUIs? :)

  • Re:LCARS (Score:5, Insightful)

    by HappyHead (11389) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @02:01PM (#40986809)

    comfortable, cheap, machine washable, don't need ironed, and readily available.

    See, that's the problem with LCARS - it's not cheap (Paramount ownership issues, license would have to be paid before it could be distributed), it's not readily available (nobody's paid for the license, so they always get shut down via DMCA), and it's not actually comfortable (which is why UI experts regard it as a poor UI). The largest problem is the massive waste of available space for those giant thick menu bars to the sides that don't go away. The main advantage of LCARS is it's distance-visibility, meaning that you can see it over the shoulder of someone in the background on a TV screen, and see that they're doing something.

          Sadly, what makes a good "TV show computer interface" and what makes a good real computer interface are totally separate qualifications. The best example of this that I can think of would be the movie "Hackers" - seriously, nobody who is doing any kind of systems work or programming has a screen that looks like that, but if they'd used what those screens would really look like, nobody would have found it interesting to watch.

  • Re:GUI? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Black LED (1957016) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @03:18PM (#40988055)
    The one that gets me feeling all sentimental is Desqview. Multitasking in DOS to be able to run my BBS (Vision/2, later Oblivion/2) and do other stuff at the same time.
  • Re:Mac OS 5-OS9 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by raddan (519638) * on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @12:26AM (#40993453)
    Except that, back then, the fancy graphics and the easy-to-use interface were the distinguishing characteristics that made the Macintosh worth using. I think that System 7 still did a lot of things right that modern GUIs get wrong. Microsoft's ribbon UI drives me insane-- it is the exact opposite of the classic Mac's philosophy. The Mac of yore was geared around this simple philosophy: if you don't know how to do something in a program, look through the menus. Since they're written in your own language (and System 7 came with a huge number of locale files), the meaning of the commands are easy to understand. Don't even get me started on whatever the ribbon's philosophy is.
  • TUI ! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by coder111 (912060) <> on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @08:30AM (#40995471)
    What about Text User Interfaces, like in Norton/Volkov Commander for DOS or Far Manager/Midnight Commander? Or Borland Turbo Vision like UIs, like in Turbo Pascal or Turbo C or later Borland C/C++ IDEs? Or early text mode editors in DOS? Or curses text UIs in Linux, but curses never looked as nice, and the hotkeys never work right... To this day I still cannot live without a two panel file manager if I need to copy/move/browse my files.

    These were the days...

  • by 1u3hr (530656) on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @09:56PM (#41005045)

    Wasn't that distribution withdrawn because the OS turned out to have fatal errors?

    The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. They are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.

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