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Classic iOS 0 0%
OS X 10.5-10.9 20 55.56%
Older OS X (please specify) 3 8.33%
CDE 0 0%
GNOME 2 3 8.33%
Classic Mac OS 1 2.78%
OpenStep 1 2.78%
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 05:47 AM   #1
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Best GUI of all time

Which is the best GUI of all time?
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 05:49 AM   #2
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I'm partial to OSX, though the changes MS applied in win7 make that a winner as well.
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 06:08 AM   #3
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Gnome 2 and OS X in a split decision. It just depends on which iteration of OS X and which in Linux.
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Leopard. Not because of it's fantastic capabilities as it didn't have any, but because it was the first time Apple put a retail fancy box on computer store shelves, heralding the start of where we are now!
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 06:16 AM   #5
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Leopard. Not because of it's fantastic capabilities as it didn't have any, but because it was the first time Apple put a retail fancy box on computer store shelves, heralding the start of where we are now!
I don't think Apple ever used bad packaging.
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 06:20 AM   #6
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You're poll is missing Windows. I think being the most prevalent OS on the market with more people using that then any other OS deserves to be in the poll.
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 06:20 AM   #7
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I'm with maflynn: OSX and Win7; both very useful. But as I like also unix-style shells OSX is a bit in front
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Back in the day OS/2 Warp was well ahead with their GUI, though the horsepower of the computers lacked the ability to drive their incredibly object orientated GUI, or it may been bloated code - either way it was superior to windows 3.1. Lack of apps and other factors doomed the OS
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I don't really have a favorite, but agree that Windows ought to be included as well.

I like OS X, Windows 7 and iOS - if I were to pick anything that is.
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I don't really have a favorite, but agree that Windows ought to be included as well.

I like OS X, Windows 7 and iOS - if I were to pick anything that is.
Well if Windows is included too I'd have to say XP. I guess if we're talking about groundbreaking then WIn95 / 98 would be in there too, but fort stability and pro tools XP was the one for me.
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Old Mar 23, 2014, 06:26 AM   #11
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Well if Windows is included too I'd have to say XP. I guess if we're talking about groundbreaking then WIn95 / 98 would be in there too, but fort stability and pro tools XP was the one for me.
For me its legacy windows (3.1/95/xp), win7 and now win8 <- that because its such a radical change.
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Back in the day OS/2 Warp was well ahead with their GUI, though the horsepower of the computers lacked the ability to drive their incredibly object orientated GUI, or it may been bloated code - either way it was superior to windows 3.1. Lack of apps and other factors doomed the OS
Good memories on that one; had it running on a 386SX. Too bad IBM didn't pushed harder.

Oh, and I loved GEMTOS on my Atari ST.
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Good memories on that one; had it running on a 386SX. Too bad IBM didn't pushed harder.

Oh, and I loved GEMTOS on my Atari ST.
We are kind of wandering off topic, but GEM was great..especially for music.

I also liked DOS for it's totally geeky blank black screen and blinking cursor.

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For me its legacy windows (3.1/95/xp), win7 and now win8 <- that because its such a radical change.
Is Win 8 really a huge change? I ask because I've seen it in action but never used it..I know it's supposed to be less resource hungry, but it still looked to be hampered by the need for AV, Am packages as well as the constant update screen every time you booted it up.
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Is Win 8 really a huge change?
Win 8.0 was a major change due to the metro interface replacing the start start button and task bar. With 8.1 you can choose to use the traditional start menu and task bar or the metro interface. The metro interface is good for touch based products, not so much for desktops imo.
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On a device with a touchscreen, Windows 8(.1), hands down.

On a non-touchscreen device, either KDE or 10.3. 10.3, because it had some personality, KDE because I just think it's cool. It's not that functional though
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Window Maker is an X11 window manager originally designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment. In every way possible, it reproduces the elegant look and feel of the NEXTSTEP user interface. It is fast, feature rich, easy to configure, and easy to use. It is also free software, with contributions being made by programmers from around the world.
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I've used all the choices but OpenStep and voted for recent OS X, however Windows and OS/2 should have also been choices.

For its time, OS/2 was very good, and I'd pick Windows XP over Gnome or KDE (also not in the survey) or CDE any day.
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Based on the available choices in your poll I choose OS X Tiger.
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I rather liked BeOS.

Wish Apple had acquired it.
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Mac OS 9.2 was quite enjoyable to use.

I'd have to say 10.4 and 10.8 have the best UI though in my opinion.
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What about Xerox Star. The GUI that started it all!
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What about Xerox Star. The GUI that started it all!
The Xerox Star came after the Xerox Alto. I used an Alto. Frankly it wasn't that great.
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The Xerox Star came after the Xerox Alto. I used an Alto. Frankly it wasn't that great.
I saw the Star I think. What was afar the Star?
I remember some very cool 3d file system browser. Maybe that was at HP...
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I saw the Star I think. What was afar the Star?
I remember some very cool 3d file system browser. Maybe that was at HP...
The Alto was not a commercial product. I used one that they had at Stanford in the Summer of 1980. The Star was a commercial product which was a failure in the market. I don't believe there was a successor.
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Are you people serious? Mac OS 9 is the best user interface of all time. Anything on the Mac since then has been a compromise to accommodate the Unix underpinnings of OS X.
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