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Nando Times: Has the 'desktop' metaphor outlived its usefulness?

Jan 09, 2001, 21:26 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Chapman)

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"One safe technology prediction for this year is that we'll see new operating systems and new user interfaces on personal computers. Mac OS X (referred to as "10"), Microsoft Corp.'s Whistler update to Windows and Eazel Inc.'s new user interface for Linux all are expected to debut this year."

"Many people are eagerly awaiting these products, and some analysts are hoping they'll deliver a much-needed jolt to the PC industry. But other experts think the modern PC operating system is stuck in a rut."

"One of the most amazing technological phenomena of the last 20 years has been the universal adoption of the desktop graphical user interface - or GUI, pronounced "gooey" by technical developers. No matter where you go in the world, if you find a working PC you'll almost certainly be using some variation of this interface."

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