Exploring early GUIs

Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Fri Sep 18 14:56:56 CDT 2020

> On Sep 18, 2020, at 3:48 PM, ED SHARPE via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> I re mn ember  GEm5 as a guide ran under dos .  .
> Ed#
> On Friday, September 18, 2020 Paul Koning via cctalk <paulkoning at comcast.net; cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> On Sep 17, 2020, at 10:18 PM, Michael Kerpan via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> Something in another recent thread about LISP machines got me wondering:
>> how many early graphical systems are well emulated (or emulated at all)? I
>> know that there are more or less functional emulations of Alto, Star, and
>> Lisa out there, but what about the various LISP machines or the early
>> workstations (Sun 68K, Apollo, etc) Also, assuming that there are emulators
>> for some of these systems out there, has any software to run on them and
>> been archived?
>> Mike
> One system that could be considered a GUI, or at least the beginnings of one, is the PLATO system.  Emulations of that are alive and well, in particular the system described at cyber1.org. 
>     paul

I'm not sure about the year that goes with the various examples people mentioned.  DOS implies 1980s. Apollo ditto.

PLATO started in 1961, though the current generation (PLATO IV) with the full graphics plasma panel terminals is from the early 1970s.


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