Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just driving yesterday's point home some more: "The Lilith was one of the first computer workstations worldwide with a high-resolution graphical display and a mouse. The first prototype was developed by Niklaus Wirth and his group between 1978 and 1980 with Richard Ohran as the hardware specialist. [...] The whole system software of the Lilith was written in Modula-2, a structured programming language which Wirth has developed at the same time. The programs were compiled into low-level M-Code instructions which could be executed by the hardware. The user interface was designed with windows, icons and pop-up menus. Compared with the character based systems available at that time, these were revolutionary metaphors in the interaction with a computer." Jos Dreesen, owner of one of the few remaining working Liliths, wrote a Lilith emulator for Linux.
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Comment by Zaitch
by Zaitch on Thu 30th Aug 2012 19:38 UTC
Zaitch
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2007-11-23

Just wanted to say, I really enjoyed this link - thanks for posting it - and it is illustrative of why I come to osnews.com almost daily. I remember learning to program in Modula-2 (JPI TopSpeed Modula 2, on 2 x 5.25" disks anyone?) but had no idea to this day Wirth et al did hardware - admittedly I was barely into my teens at the time!

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RE: Comment by Zaitch
by vaette on Thu 30th Aug 2012 20:38 in reply to "Comment by Zaitch"
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2008-08-09

Yes, I agree, this is good deep-diving into the history of computing that I think is a perfect fit for OSnews. I suspect that Thom is attempting to make some point about innovation in the present day that I don't much care to discuss, but that doesn't change that I didn't know about either Blit or the Lilith, so it is a very educating look at the early days of the GUI.

Now we need a new deep article about NeWS, my favorite GUI system of all time ;)

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