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Here is an archive of what my desktop running Linux has looked like since 1995. There is about one screenshot a year. I blogged about this collection a while ago.

  • December 5, 2015.

  • May 24, 2014. I'm using FVWM again but in a green-on-black color scheme that looks like a scene from the movie The Matrix. The fvwmrc file and fonts.conf file are available.

  • January 5, 2014

  • November 8, 2013. My main computer running Windows 7 had its CPU fan die. Until I can get the funds to repair it, I wiped my old Windows XP laptop and installed CentOS 6 on it.

    All of the hardware works and I now have a system whose OS will still be supported in 2019. It's running four OpenVZ virtual machines as well as a Gnome desktop quite nicely. As can be seen in this screenshot, the old school media player XMMS still runs nicely, as does Firefox and Xterm.

    Compared to older screenshots, the fonts look a lot nicer. Not only does Linux come with a nice set of open-source fonts, but also Microsoft's core fonts have been legally installed.

  • January 15, 2012. When the naysayers say "you can't get work done on a 1024x600 screen", I remember all of the work I accomplished on an 800x600 screen back in the day and all of the work I am accomplishing on a 1024x600 screen today. I don't make the size of my screen an excuse to not be a productive worker.

  • January 22, 2011. In this screenshot, taken on the netbook I use as a wifi router, Ubuntu 10.04 is running in 64-bit mode. The theme is a high-contrast theme included with Ubuntu; I am running Deadwood in gdb to see if I can reproduce a crash that happened in Windows 7 approximately three months before.

  • April 30, 2010. As blogged about here and here, I am seeing if I can be productive in an environment more recent than FVWM1. I'm giving XFCE 4.4 a try here; I previously used XFCE in 2001 and it looks a lot better than what was around back then.

  • February 6, 2009 In this screenshot, I am running three 32-bit virutal machines in 64-bit Ubuntu 8.10 using VMware player 2.5. Two of the virtual machines are running Windows XP; I use one for personal use, such as talking to my girlfriend on Skype or for playing games (as can be seen here). The other XP virtual machine is used for work; here I'm translating a document from English to Spanish, using Wordreference.com to look up a financial term. I also have a virtual machine running CentOS 5.2 with the old-school FVWM window manager that, while not as attractive as Gnome, is more suitable for my style of software development.

  • March 18, 2008

  • March 12, 2007

  • January 5, 2007

  • December 8, 2006 I was using the now-discontinued iGoogle portal

  • March 12, 2005 fvwmrc file

  • May 23, 2004 fvwmrc

  • Decemeber 1, 2003

  • KDE3, May 2002 (300k)
    Color schemes used
    Patch which fixes problem kwin has with this particular configuration

  • FVWM 1, April 2002 (110k) .fvwmrc file

  • XFCE 3, October 2001 (110k)
    XFCE configuration, .gtkrc file

  • FVWM 1, November 2000
    .gtkrc file

  • KDE 1, May 1999

  • FVWM 1, Feburary 1998. Designed to minimize eyestrain on DTSN laptop display.

  • Caldera network desktop, June 28, 1996. This shows Word Perfect 6, the first commercial-grade word processor that was available for Linux. This also shows a proprietary desktop environment from a company that later went out of business.

  • FVWM95, May 7 1996. This was the first desktop environment which emulated the look of Windows 95; it did not have Windows 95's user-friendliness.

  • FVWM1, August 2, 1995. This is the very first screenshot I took of me using Linux.

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