Projects tagged: INFRASTRUCTURE # Desktop Environment

DESCRIPTION

A desktop environment is a collection of software running on top of an operating system that makes up the desktop Graphical User Interface (GUI). It usually includes everything from how the windows look and feel, to the style of the icons, files, folders, and the mouse pointers. A desktop environment also dictates what file manager to use, default text editor, image viewer, wallpapers, and the interface used to log in and log out of the local system.
On Microsoft Windows and macOS X, the desktop environment is part of the operating system itself. On operating systems such as Linux, the desktop environment is usually a modular component that can be changed and reconfigured more easily.

FACTS (some)

1# In 1979, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center developed the first prototype for a graphical user interface (GUI), along with a a three-button mouse.

2# In 1984, Apple releases Lisa, the first GUI-based computer available to the public.

3# Until the rise of mobile computing, the desktop environment was seen mostly on personal computers. 

Curators

Rebecca Edwards,   Luba Elliott,  

Project title

Real-Time Constraints

Year

2020

Curators

Mitch Trale,  

Project title

Idle Screenings

Year

2012

Curators

Alexei Shulgin,  

Project title

Desktop Is

Year

1997