The evolution of the Linux desktop
Dec 27, 2010, 13:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jono Bacon)
"Back in 1998 when I started using Linux, it was ugly.
"In those days you installed it by inserting around 40 floppy
disks into your computer and praying that one of them wouldn't be a
duffer and make you have to start again.
"After this lengthy installation process, you were typically
presented with this not-entirely-intuitive interface:
"At that time, the dominant operating system was Windows 95,
with Windows 98 just getting its wheels rolling – and Linux's
Wargames-esque vibe clearly didn't cut it for a modern generation
raised on the GUI."