@mike's recent blog post mentioning old screenshots makes me suddenly wish I had backups from my Linux experiences twenty years ago.
So, I'd like to make a public request for your oldest FOSS screenshots.
Please reply here with alt text describing the programs seen, running, your setup/environment, etc, and put the year in the body/comment.
This should be hella fun.
KINDLY BOOST! 😁
Good old XMMS. And Netscape! I remember playing around with Mozilla Milestone 13 or so... it was so slow!
I also remember that particular UF strip. I had a few pinned to my cubicle wall, back in the day. 😄
@RL_Dane @mike among other things: gnome 2: https://guidebookgallery.org/screenshots/gnome220redhat9
@RL_Dane @mike I had a lot more time when I was studying in January 2005 and was writing a blog back then and since my blog got Slashdotted I had to move at least the blog pictures to Flickr. So that's why I still have this screenshot of #KDE 3.4 #desktop in #Slovenian language, which I guess is the oldest I can find
There are some more screenshots (and some other pictures) from that era on Flicker:
@RL_Dane Yeah, I believe the fork did eventually merge back into Compiz (or adopted the name, something like that), so successor might not be the most accurate term. More like a V2 that started life under a different name.
@VincentTunru Ah, that's cool. I disappeared from the linux world (got swallowed up by the Mac) in 2008 until 2019, so I missed a fair bit of stuff. I still worked with linux professionally for part of that time, but schlepping RHEL isn't the same as scratching your head over desktop config and changes. ;)
Honestly, it's a lot easier to set up most servers than to operate Linux on the desktop. That's where you really learn a lot.
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