[What do my PC desktops look like?]

These are a few screenshots of some of the desktops and operating systems which I use here at home.

Click on the smaller snapshots to download and view a larger version of the same desktop. I generally run in 1280x1024 here on my 21" monitor (used to use 1600x1200, but I found that I sometimes saw some vague shadowing due to the KVM switch I'm using (or more accurately, probably due to the 10-foot VGA cables I'm using to connect the four PCs to the KVM switch).

First of all, here's a snapshot of part of my PC setup here:

OS/2 Warp 4.0 Desktop

This is my main monitor/keyboard setup. You can see the hub and the KVM switch sitting on top of the big monitor, the little 8" monitor sitting on my bookshelf showing an iptraf display, and my Yamaha PSR220 keyboard on the far right. It's a mess, I know. :-) Good thing you can't see the other three 6-foot tables covered with stuff that are off to the right of this picture. :-)

The first PC desktop snapshot is my OS/2 Warp 4 setup, by far my favorite operating system here at home, and still the one that I use here about 90% of the time, at least on the main box. It's my "serious" desktop for doing net stuff and whatever -- most of the other OSes are installations that I just play around with.

OS/2 Warp 4.0 Desktop

As you can see, I'm running a native X program (XV via Hummingbird Exceed) and a Windows 3.1 drawing program alongside each other just to demonstrate the wide range of applications that I can run under this setup. :-)

You can see a few additional pictures of my OS/2 Warp 4 setup here showing some of the OS/2 WorkPlace Shell's capabilities.

The next one is a snapshot of my most recent acquisition -- my eComStation 1.0 desktop. eComStation is the successor to OS/2 licensed by Serenity Systems from IBM and sold via places like Mensys, and it's essentially the client OS/2 operating system bundled with a lot of features from OS/2 Warp server like LVM, JFS, and an SMP kernel, and also bundled with a lot of software. It's playing the Win32 RealPlayer via Odin.

eComStation 1.0 Desktop

This next one is my main Linux desktop on my primary IntelliStation (Mandrake 8.2) using its default theme under KDE 2.2.2. Cool wallpaper, huh?

Mandrake Linux 8.2 Desktop w/KDE

This is my primary Linux desktop on my (Compaq) Linux test box (RedHat 7.2) using the GNOME desktop and the Nautilus file manager.

Red Hat Linux 7.2 Desktop w/GNOME

This is my secondary Linux desktop on my primary (Compaq) Linux test box (Mandrake 8.1) using its default theme under KDE 2.2.1.

Mandrake Linux 8.1 Desktop w/KDE

And this is my third Linux desktop on my (Compaq) Linux test box (Red Hat 7.1) using KDE 2.1.1. Da da dumm...

Red Hat Linux 7.1 Desktop w/KDE

The next desktop is my current FreeBSD 3.3 desktop using KDE. FreeBSD is a free Unix operating system sort of along the same lines as Linux, but it has some nice features Linux does not, and the FreeBSD "ports collection" is a really neat way to install/update software. :-)

FreeBSD 3.3 Desktop w/KDE

The next desktop is my current Solaris 7 desktop using the infamous CDE. (again basically the default desktop it comes with). I've not done a lot here yet either, but I will as time goes on.

Solaris 7 Desktop w/CDE

The next screen shot I have here is the current BeOS 5 Pro desktop I have running on my third PC. I've been fairly impressed by its overall approach. While it's not as mature as an OS/2 or a Linux, it has a certain elegance. Since I'm also a long time Mac user, I see a lot of familiar things, but the BeOS Tracker is fairly different from Finder. I wish it had more software, but Palm's purchasing of the tech rights to the BeOS might well have killed it. A shame...

BeOS 4.5 Desktop

The next four desktops are examples of my standard Windows 95 OSR2 desktop, mainly used for gaming. The specific desktops show below live on one of my Compaq Deskpros, though all boxes are very similar, and as you can see I generally use Windows for three purposes: game playing, image/photo manipulation, and playing with MIDI stuff.

As should be apparent, I don't use the standard Windows desktop at all -- instead, I've switched to NeoSoft's QuikMenu 4 as the desktop shell.

This first picture is the gaming desktop that my machines boot into:

Windows 95 OSR2 QuikMenu Page 1 (Games)

The second picture is the general desktop that I use when doing non-gaming stuff:

Windows 95 OSR2 QuikMenu Page 2 (General)

The third picture is my Image/Graphics desktop:

Windows 95 OSR2 QuikMenu Page 3 (Images)

And the fourth desktop is my MIDI desktop where I can putz around:

Windows 95 OSR2 QuikMenu Page 4 (MIDI)

This next desktop is my Mac at my former workplace (NWA) running MacOS 8.1, and showing four Unisys terminal windows. The upper left window is the top part of the SYSERR (system error) decoder I wrote (octal errors are hard to read!) on the WorldFlight system, the upper right window is FINDREF (a nice fullscreen front-end for IACULL, a utility used to locate strings in a large group of source files similar in some ways to cscope), the lower left is my normal CSHELL sign-in screen in OS2200, and the lower right is a fullscreen OS2200 file manager called VSH (stands for "von Behren Shell", named after its author, a former Unisys Roseville employee -- hi Paul!).

MacOS 8.1 Desktop

And last but not least, I had to add my PC/GEOS desktop (Geoworks Ensemble 2.01), since I still use it a little bit. What a wonderful environment it was back in the 286 days...

2.01 Desktop

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