Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:10 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Sometimes, you wake up in the morning, check your RSS feeds, and you know you just hit the jackpot. From the AT&T archives comes a video and description of Blit, a UNIX graphical user interface from 1982, on a 800x1024 portrait display. It employs a three button mouse, right-click context menus, multiple windows, and lots, lots more. It was developed at Bell Labs, and is yet another case that illustrates how the technology industry doesn't work in a vacuum.
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RE: Is it me?
by MOS6510 on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:20 UTC in reply to "Is it me? "
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

Just ignore the last bit of the article, enjoy the rest + video and you'll be fine.

Even if it's just a terminal, it's a rather nifty one and having GUI access to a multitasking operating system was pretty cool at that time.

Many years later the first generation of Linux users didn't do much more than run a few terminal windows in an X session either.

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RE[2]: Is it me?
by Laurence on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:50 in reply to "RE: Is it me? "
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Many years later the first generation of Linux users didn't do much more than run a few terminal windows in an X session either.


Given GNU/Linux was pretty much a complete rewrite from the ground up, it's not all that surprising.

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RE[3]: Is it me?
by MOS6510 on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Is it me? "
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

There are people who around who still do this.

Mutt is a very powerful console email client for example, it's very easy to have it running in a console window while doing other CLI stuff.

On the first Mac I used I only ran only some terminal program and the 30 day Netscape version.

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