My Desktop: Then and Now

So Jono Bacon and Jonathan Carter have started this meme where you post a picture of your very first Linux desktop and a picture of your current Linux desktop.  Now I wasn’t quite as cool as those two sporting Red Hat.  No, I went to Best Buy (yes, 10 years ago Linux was being sold in Best Buy) and bought a box containing Caldera’s Open Linux, complete with extra drivers CD (which I would need) and a manual.

I never took a screenshot of that desktop, and I doubt I’d still have it even if I did.  But I found this one on Tux Radar, and it’s pretty much what it looked like.


That was then.  Now I’m running Ubuntu 9.10 (yes, I still haven’t upgraded).  I just installed some of the new community wallpapers coming in Lucid, and for the first time (ever) chose to use the Human theme.


And while we’re on the subject, this was a screenshot I grabbed a couple weeks ago, showing what I typically have running on my laptop.  The Compiz Scale plugin helpfully arranges all my open windows for easy picking.


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8 Responses to My Desktop: Then and Now

  1. Michael Hall says:

    For those of you checking out my open windows, you’ll see that I have VirtualBox running Qimo 2 beta (512 MB allocated), Eclipse, Writer, Evolution, 4 windows of Firefox and 15 others miscellaneous apps, and I was still using less than 3 of my 4 Gigs of RAM.

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  4. Jon Mul says:

    Kid’s Desktop? What are you using to monitor you kids?

  5. Michael Hall says:

    My kids run Qimo (, and the only monitoring I use is my own eyes. We set the computer up in the living room, so I can always see what they’re doing on it (I also have VNC access to it any time). My kids are 4 and 6, so they’re not actively seeking anything bad at this point. I created a simple HTML page with links to sites like nickjr, pbs kids and noggin, and set that as their Firefox homepage.

    If you are interested in monitoring kids’ online activities, I’d highly recommend Dan’s Guardian, it’s in the Ubuntu repos. You can set it up on a transparent proxy, and it’ll scan and block inappropriate content, as well as letting you blacklist sites.

  6. Mohan says:

    I started using Linux in 2000, and I bought my first copy at BestBuy also, it was Mandrake (Mandriva now) and it was called Linux for Windows. Now I am running Ubuntu 10.04 and loving every minute of it.

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  8. Emily says:

    Kid’s Desktop? What are you using to monitor you kids?

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