In Pictures: A visual history of OS desktop environments

A trip down memory lane, tracing major milestones in the evolution of the desktop environment.

KDE Plasma January 11, 2008 – A decade after KDE 1.0 helped kick-start the Linux Desktop Environment scene, the KDE team set out to change things. The result was KDE Plasma, a Desktop Environment (or multiple environments) built around re-usable, heavily customizable components. One noteworthy addition was the scalable and rotatable components (thanks in part to heavy usage of vector graphics). The end result is an environment that is fairly adaptable to a variety of form factors and resolutions.

I don't have a fun fact for KDE Plasma. Other than that the K initially stood for “Kool.” Which we talked about previously. This is now something you will never forget, and will bring up in parties to make you super popular.

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  • Steve Petrov

    I think the Framework Desktop Developed by Aston-Tate, then Borland and later Selections & Functions is worth a mention. It was a DOS based text/graphical GUI which used the desk top metaphore long before MS-Windows. So I think it's historically important. In fact it's still around, can be run in MS Windows and tends to be used by certain specialists and die hard fans: http://framework.com/

    BeOS is also worth a mention and had many supporters who kept trying to resurect it. In fact, a visit to the BeOS wiki reveals that several OSes decended from BeOS, some LINUX based and one not, are still being developed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS At this point, such OSes would probaby be of interest only to programmers, hobbiests and total geeks who love tinkering with OSes... not that there's anything wrong with that! LOL!

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