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Dec 31, 2006, 21:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anthony Taylor)

"windowing systems are great for one thing: opening multiple terminals for simultaneous use. Don't misunderstand: I use web browsers, and I sometimes fire up the Gimp, and I have been known to use Blender. I've played with the eye-candy of Enlightenment since DR7. I even rather enjoy the absurdity of Beryl and Compiz. So I understand the appeal of the WIMP (windows, icons, menus, and pointing device)-type interface.

"But, as an old-timer who remembers learning about the basis of computing from the ROM listings in the back of the Apple ][ manual, I think all of you youngsters have it too easy these days, with your fancy candy-like interfaces that really haven't progressed much beyond the old four-bit grays of the original NeXT. There's no real challenge, and no real progress"

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