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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:

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"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."

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