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    This website was apparently made by @jcs, who also happened to found a rather obscure link aggregator known as “Lobsters”

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      no new registrations? :(

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        Invitation only? This either needs to be part of lobsters or someone needs to start sharing the love.

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        Why “unix”? No windows allowed?

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          This sort of desktop screenshotting is a uniquely unix phenomenon in my experience, because there are so many possible window manager configurations that are possible. It’s useful to see the variety of options available to you.

          Sharing Windows screenshots would be like showing up to a car show with a stock 2016 Toyota Camry.

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            Sharing Windows screenshots would be like showing up to a car show with a stock 2016 Toyota Camry.

            I don’t think this is true, or at least it used to not be true.

            Back in the 98-XP days, Windows used to have a thriving ecosystem of alternate shells (I ran BlackBox on my machine for a while), as well as tools like WindowBlinds (and other stuff from StarDock, I think it was) that let you mess with window decorations and other fun stuff.

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              Having actually used WindowsBlinds (not back in the day, but on my old systems for hyucks), it is super jank and caused a LOT of instability. I’ve found it was better just to stick with colour themes for the normal rendering, or deneutering uxtheme. (And the real reason someone would want to do that is so you could use Watercolor :) )

              Of course, tweaking/ricing is a lot less appealing than other stuff now that I’m no longer a teenager…

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                Those days are pretty long gone. I know you can hack it but it’s nowhere near as common as it is on Unices.

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                  Yeah, this - even without running alternate shells, XP was very skinnable. Really miss those days, to be honest. Windows is so boring now.

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                    I find it strange how quickly people forgot it. “Windows XP looked silly”. No, it looked like you wanted it to look, and you could change the theme in two clicks.

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                  As the others already mentioned, there was a time when no one (statistically) posted these screenshots from unix because enlightenment was the only fancy looking thing.

                  But I’ve not seen customized windows for many years and I also stopped doing it (on any OS). Mostly using the default from i3 now, sometimes changing the bar color.

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                    Compiz was the golden age of fancy looking unix. The desktop cube was so popular…

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                      Have a look at Wayfire, a 3D Wayland compositor inspired by Compiz and based on wlroots: https://github.com/WayfireWM/wayfire

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                        I am in fact one of the contributors to Wayfire :)

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                      I distinctly remember GNUStep desktops being quite popular to screenshot in the early 2000s. That was released around the same time as the first E release.

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                        Wikipedia agrees with my memory that I used it in 98, but I don’t claim any authority on what was around, was just getting started with Linux.

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                          There was a phase where the blackbox/fluxbox family of window-managers was very popular in the forums I was hanging out in back then. Good times!

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                    Had to smile when I saw jcs’ first two screenshots, from the late 90s/early 2000s. I’m pretty certain I have a directory of desktop screenshots I took in the mid-late 90s, complete with various incarnations of fvwm, AfterStep, WindowMaker and Bowman (the window manager that really kicked off the NeXT-lookalike craze).

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                      Right? It takes me back to when I’d spend hours browsing themes.org (RIP)

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                        I’m still using WindowMaker, to this day. At some point about 10 years ago I took a detour through wmii and ratpoison land but it never stuck, and afterwards I found very few window managers come even close to matching WindowMaker’s speed and ergonomics. I tend to have a lot of windows open (datasheets, reference manuals, code windows, debuggers etc.), so “modern” interfaces, with flat windows and fat titlebars, are pretty much impossible to manage. On the other hand, the “layouts” are too fluid (thanks to many of these docs being PDFs with various font sizes, margins etc.) to meaningfully manage with a tiling WM, I don’t have enough monitors to make that work :).

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                          I tried it many times but I never understood how to really manage windows with it. Somehow things where always on top of each other and it never felt ergonomic. I guess I never read a good tutorial.

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                            I think you did understand it, there’s not much about it to understand if you’ve used any “mainstream” UIs like Windows. It’s just one of those things that everyone has different preferences about :). Things end up (more or less) on top of each other by design, and you can sort of put some order in it using window icons and window shading (double-click on the titlebar and the window is “folder” underneath it). It’s obviously not as neat as tiling WMs but the way I work usually isn’t neat, either. With tiling WMs, I had the opposite problem: I had so many things open at once that showing all of them at once was impractical, and trying to get them to fit into workspaces just meant I ended up spending forever going between workspaces.

                            There are a lot of things about WindowMaker that I would improve (the dock is one of them, I always wanted something closer to AmiDock, for example) but it works well enough that I never got around actually writing any of that.

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                              I see, that makes sense. I try to work differently, so I guess that is why it never worked for me.

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                        I wish I had screenshots of my WindowMaker setup from the late 90s. There was a site that had these amazing gothic themes for WM, but I don’t have any of my files from those days.

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                          After my post I tried to find my old screenshots but it’s proved to be a bit more difficult than I thought - my fileserver home directory has ~25 years of cruft, some of it not that well organised. I’ve not managed to find them yet :(

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                            Yeah, I went and looked, and I have school work back to 1994(!), but nothing like a home directory with my WindowMaker themes.

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                              It would be really cool if you could find it, as in, I’m pretty sure the folks on the WM mailing list would love to hear about it! One of the things the Window Maker community laments is the disappearance of Freshmeat’s theme repository (which was itself a superset of themes.org’s archive if memory serves me right). It hosted more than 3,000 WindowMaker themes, very few of which were mirrored elsewhere. If you still have some of these, you may be the only one who still has them!

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                        That’d be so cool if this were just integrated into lobsters.

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                          Great idea!

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                          Cool idea. I look forward to our annual Battlestations / Screenshots thread for this exact content. So far only thing I’d say is I hope that it gains some diversity of setups as the base seems very BSD-heavy. Hope this inspires people to customize their working environments for the better.

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                            annotated in what sense?

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                              I think it means you can annotate screenshots to attach comments to your images. For instance you can highlight what a program is if you take a screenshot of your system (as per the examples, you can annotate a rect on the image that the program is Firefox or Xterm or such).

                              Very cool project but I have a hard time telling if this is a Twitter-like product, or something you can use freely on your desktop system to share with others easily without the login.

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                                Ah I see! I had to reload the page for that feature. It seems to be buggy and turn itself off sometimes. Very nice feature!

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                              This is wonderful!

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                                i want to run it myself; is there source code @jcs? ;)

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                                  Interesting, I’ve been collecting a bunch of old screenshot this seems to be the place to dump then