Exploring early GUIs

Zane Healy healyzh at avanthar.com
Mon Sep 21 18:20:28 CDT 2020

> On Sep 21, 2020, at 3:38 PM, Cameron Kaiser via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>>> MGR was not the Unix PC's native GUI environment; I'm not sure what that
>>> was named. MGR was an open source environment that could be installed on
>>> the Unix PC. 
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ManaGeR
> Almost looks like a SunView ancestor.

It was the first GUI for Linux, back in ’92.  Once X-Windows was able to support my video card I moved to that.  Then in ’94 I had to move to a laptop with only 4MB RAM, so I used MGR until a version of X-Windows was released that would work well with only 4MB RAM.  In both cases, I was mainly after the DVI viewer for TeX, and multiple terminal windows.

Then again, even today, the main reason I use X-Windows is for multiple terminal windows. :-)  Between ’92 and roughly ’96, X-Windows drove all my RAM purchases, after that it was graphics software and web browsers.


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