old window maker linux desktop – jan 2000

I found this screenshot lying around on the webserver. It is a Window Maker desktop running on Red Hat Linux from January 8, 2000. I think I was running a 120 MHz Pentium at the time.

Notice the floppy drive icon on the left side.

Some visible apps and icons:

Click the image for full size:

8 responses to “old window maker linux desktop – jan 2000

  1. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    I used to love to watch those Netscape comets and the beacon.

    I had to think about that for a minute. I forgot that browsers had the animated icons in the upper left for a while. I think IE still does.

  2. Nice. A Netscape icon. Any idea what version of GIMP you had installed back then? I actually kind of miss biff. kbiff was great.

  3. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    I forgot that browsers had the animated icons in the upper left for a while. I think IE still does

    Called a "throbber." I like a good throbber.Until Netscape 4, it was simple to change the throbber. I liked the running dog the best.From the first time I ever saw the IE turning planet, I knew I was never going to use that browser.

  4. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    Any idea what version of GIMP you had installed back then?

    Oh hell no. I don't even know what I'm running now without looking it up.I used to love to watch those Netscape comets and the beacon. On dial-up, there was plentry of time to watch them.

  5. Nice! This makes me want to download older OS's and tinker around with it in a virtual machine.

  6. Red Hat was the Ubuntu of its day. Everybody was trying it and talking about it. It was one that a computer n00b actually had a chance of getting to install and run without doing too many handstands.The local LUG (Linux Users Group) sometimes called Red Hat the "chicken peckin' distro" because if you hit enter on every install default, you'd sometimes get a decent install if the wind was blowing the right way and you sat with you butt cheeks clenched together corrrectly.The LUG install fests were fun. The experts would help people all day with the installs. At one of them, a couple of IT guys from a local department store brought a large server in the back of a pickup for a Linux install. Sometimes news crews would stop by to report. Drama and fun! Now LUGs are not so critical for a home user to get up and running. The *buntus, Debian, Slackware, so many will install with little intervention.I remember one LUG meeting that got incredible attendance, including a news crew. For once, the LUG's promotional efforts really paid off. The auditoruim was over capacity with several hundred people and the TV cameras were rolling. The LUG leader, and main speaker for the night, got overly excited as a result. He held a Red Hat CD up in the air and yelled, "this is the key to unlock the true power of your computer." Tears rolled down his cheeks. I thought, "OMFG Jim, get a GD grip on yourself!" lol

  7. I remember using Netscape in my early days of using Windows. Netscape 3.5 for many people proved quite a loved version, as I remember. From there I fiddled around with Opera for the first time which came on a free disc that came with a computing magazine I bought. I remember Windows being very slow – and they've only recently figured out how to speed Windows up 😉

  8. I remember when Opera and its users could brag that the Opera browser would fit on a single 1.4 MB floppy. That didn't last long but was fun while it did. Put a floppy in the shirt pocket and infect Windows computers with it.Netscape was purdy. I still like Netscape green.

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