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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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  • LCARS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Robert Zenz (1680268) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @08:21AM (#40983545) Homepage
    No, seriously. First time I saw LCARS I was around 6, and the idea of such an interface never let me go.
  • GEOS! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by halightw (539485) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @08:26AM (#40983601)
  • OS2 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @08:56AM (#40983939)

    OS2 never gets any love. It was on the first PC my family bought. And then we got rid of it and installed IBM DOS 5 like everyone else. But even still. OS2. What a ride.

  • Re:OS/2 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @09:37AM (#40984485)

    Surprised no one has mentioned the Warp yet...

    Workplace Shell written in 'C' with SOM.

    It has/had a lot of wonderful features and had a small footprint. SOM was UGLY. First you had to write an IDL, precompile that to get your 'C' headers and stub code, then write your functionality and then compile that, and the register the SOM object with the Workplace Shell. Cumbersome but yet you knew what was happening under the hood.

    When you compiled OS/2 Warp for Windows with debug off, it was able to boot and run with just 4MB of RAM with very little thrashing of the hard drive.

    Unfortunately, IBM NEVER marketed OS/2 for Windows as a stand alone release - you did NOT need Windows to install and run the thing. Also, MS had a tendency of releasing fixes to Windows that would break OS/2 for Windows - there were some hard coded hooks into Windows that had a tendency to move when MS added code.

    Warp had some other issues because of the legacy of OS/2 1.x - OS/2 Warp (x86) was a recompile of OS/2 1.3 (and some code tweaking ) with Visual Age C++ 32 bit. OS/2 Power PC OTOH, was a rewrite of the kernel only and the shell and other programs that run on top were ported to the "Power OS/2" as we called it in Boca.

    It's funny, at the time, I was going through some shitty times down there, but I had some wonderful friends and it was nice on occasion to grab a burger and sit on the beach to unwind from the BS at IBM. It's all gone now and maybe that's a good thing. Gerstner did the right thing but it didn't seem like it at the time.

    When I die I won't say "Rosebud" - I'll say "Warp".

  • twm (Score:4, Interesting)

    by treerex (743007) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @10:14AM (#40984957) Homepage
    Running twm on my university's portrain mode gray-scale X-Terms...
  • Older Mac OS (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bar-agent (698856) on Tuesday August 14, 2012 @06:23PM (#40991193)

    Mac OS X is cool and all, but Apple gave up a lot of their HIG principles along the way. Here are two that spring to mind:

    File access through a stateful UI. Used to be that a folder opened to show a window. Specifically, each folder always opened its same window. If you already had it opened somewhere else, it would close there and reopen here, with the same display mode & icon arrangement.

    Menu items that were verbs. Used to be that every item in the menu bar was a verb. "File" (as in "filing"), "Edit", "Format", all the rest. The principle here was that there are many fewer verbs than objects, but each one has a large scope of action, so it makes sense to use them for top-level classification.

  • I'm still using the command line!

    I'll take this one to my grave, y'all...


    The Command Line Interface is, by any consistent definition, a user interface that is graphical (visual) in nature. One is text only (CLI), the other is text and polygon based (GUI)...sounds, etc can be factored in...

    The difference is Shannon Entropy []...or uncertainty...

    Windows 3.x vs DOS

    In a text-only environment, there are less possible combinations of symbols, therefore there is less entropy, less information, or a narrower bandwidth (Shannon-Weaver model []) depending on how you like to look at things. The command line can only return so many different combinations of alpha-numeric and the Windows 3.x environment is limited by how fast the processor can count.

    In the Windows 3.x environment, the ammount of information or the bandwidth is greater by several orders of magnitude.

    It is precisely **because** CLI has less uncertainty that coders and developers prefer it as their choice of GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE.

    Respondents, please, if you disagree with my contention, explain how we can falsify the concept of 'graphical user interface'....what is an example of a non-graphical user interface? A system where the feedback is not visual, but yet it is still human/system interaction.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell


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