I've been using Linux distributions since 95 and for the last 10 years I've been using the default desktop that the distributions was shipped with. As long as I can find my way to the terminal app, it's all what I need to get things done. The thing is that they are all good enough.
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I recently saw an application which really got me thinking. The application I saw actually let's you do just that, zoom into pictures. The application was made for life science and it was used to display high resolution pictures. A single picture was around 1,5GB. I'm not sure if they used any compression or not. But it got me thinking that what you see in the movies isn't that impossible after all... it all depends on what resolution the picture was taken in...