[TUHS] window systems (was Re: Earliest UNIX Workstations?)

Jonathan Gray jsg at jsg.id.au
Mon Feb 6 20:03:54 AEST 2023

On Mon, Feb 06, 2023 at 07:39:42PM +1100, Jonathan Gray wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 06, 2023 at 06:01:49PM +1100, Jonathan Gray wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 12:20:52AM +0100, Paul Ruizendaal via TUHS wrote:
> > > 
> > > Herewith some interesting (somewhat) contemporary papers on early windowing systems:
> > > 
> > > 1. There was a conference in the UK early in 1985 discussing the state of window systems on Unix. Much interesting discussion and two talks by James Gosling, one about NeWS (then still called SunDew), and one about what seems to be SunWindows. It would seem then that these were developed almost in parallel.
> > > 
> > > http://www.chilton-computing.org.uk/inf/literature/books/wm/contents.htm
> > 
> > Another window system was Whitechapel Computer Works' Oriel.
> further described in:
> Dominic Sweetman - A Modular Window System for Unix
> http://www.chilton-computing.org.uk/inf/literature/books/wm/p007.htm

there is a survey of various window systems
SunWindows, Oriel, Andrew, X, in:

Tutorial Materials
Usenix Technical Conference
Denver, Colorado
January 15-17, 1986

#7 Windowing Systems Implementations
David S. H. Rosenthal

also mentions
"Other Kernel-Based Systems
The window system developed at LucasFilm by Sam Leffler and Mike Hawley,
and described at the Portland Usenix, is another example of a
kernel-based system.  It supports an impressive user interface toolkit,
similar to that on the Blit."
Michael J. Hawley, Samuel J. Leffler - Windows for UNIX at Lucasfilm
paper has some pictures of it

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