Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Aug 2005 14:36 UTC, submitted by AlexZOP
OSNews, Generic OSes "Based on an operating system called GEOS that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Breadbox Ensemble is a small (a full installation weighs in at under 10 MB) and fast suite of incredibly useful programs. While small, Breadbox Ensemble has a graphical user interface that mimics the look and feel of the Windows desktop." Read more...
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RE[2]: Windiws-like?
by edwdig on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 02:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Windiws-like?"
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well, as I read, this was around before windows 95 and maybe even before 3.1. Keep in mind, this is from the late 80's.. technically ms windows copied this.

GEOS 1.0 came out a few months after Windows 3.0. So they were essentially developed at the same time.

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RE[3]: Windiws-like?
by on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 14:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Windiws-like?"
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yes... but GEOS began developing the Windows 95 look and feel before Microsoft ever thought about it. The article summary and even Breadbox doesn't know much about the product they've repackaged. GEOS doesn't mimic the Win95 look and feel, it originated it.

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RE[4]: Windiws-like?
by on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 15:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Windiws-like?"
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yes... but GEOS began developing the Windows 95 look and feel before Microsoft ever thought about it. The article summary and even Breadbox doesn't know much about the product they've repackaged. GEOS doesn't mimic the Win95 look and feel, it originated it.

Nope, sorry, the Win95 look and feel in GEOS was coded in 1997. The UI was done in roughly January - March of 97. The desktop was done at the same time, but was really just modifying the OS/2 desktop already written for GEOS as part of a project for IBM several years before.

Before that, GEOS used a Motif based UI. Motif based look and feel only - the actually implementation had nothing to do with the Unix Motif code. GEOS Motif was also *much* nicer than Unix Motif, as the widgets were rather refined and looked much nicer.

Well, if you're referring to the Start Menu / Taskbar vs the GEOS Express Menu, then yes you are right in that regard. The Start Menu / Taskbar combo is a blatant ripoff of thte Express Menu. Take the Task Bar, move the list of running programs into a submenu of the Start Menu, and you have the GEOS Express menu. The Express Menu existed since the original release of GEOS in 1990.

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