In Pictures: A visual history of OS desktop environments

A trip down memory lane, tracing major milestones in the evolution of the desktop environment.

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oN-Line System December 9, 1968 – Douglas Engelbart gave a demo of a system his team had developed called NLS (oN-Line System). That demo, which is now affectionately called “The Mother of All Demos,” was truly amazing. The mouse, the concept of multiple, overlapping windows in a user interface, hyper text - all were shown here in a fully functional way. If you've never watched it, you owe it to yourself. Remember - this was all brand new. What you are seeing was invented by those people.

Quote of the day: "The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate. I have tolerated a lot.” - Douglas Engelbart

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