In Pictures: A visual history of OS desktop environments

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

In Pictures: A visual history of OS desktop environments next

Loading...

Do you ever look at your computer's screen and think, “How on Earth did we get here?” Windows, Mac, GNOME, KDE and Ubuntu's Unity are all born from a common history of desktop environment design stretching back to the 1960's. Let's take a visual voyage from the very beginning right up to the present, looking at the “1.0” releases – those very first versions – of the Desktop Environments and graphical computing platforms that made the biggest impact. (Or, at the very least, that I thought were coolest.)

In the interest of time, we aren't going to hit all of the early graphical systems here. Some very noteworthy systems, such as IBM's GDDM (and plenty of others), have been left out.

Next 1/24

Comments on this image

There are currently no comments for this image.

Post new comment

Users posting comments agree to the Computerworld comments policy.

Login or register to link comments to your user profile, or you may also post a comment without being logged in.

Close

In Pictures: A visual history of OS desktop environments

24 images