Please don't cut off my statements because they lead to each other. I am not quoting things from you, quoting leads to misquoting. We all know that cutting lead one to other conclusions. If you quote please include the whole paragraph.
I'll try to find my old Mandrake installer and other CDs for you.
Read above, what I said, minus the transparencies and jagged edges, the Vista theme looks like a customized Linux of 1999. But again, I'll try to find an older computer and the CDs to satisfy you or yet, find an old screenshot site.
But Ok lets start with the windows for saving etc. Since GIMP hadn't changed much, its file save and window did not much change, and it is also available on widows is a good example. The saving is exactly like what Vista is right now. The window/location is minimized, it resizes if you click browse. Regardless of the Window maker that time its still the same, so I can still use it as an argument (in E17).
Another thing is the defunct, eindexer, if I am not mistaken that's still use on some old Linux distros and renamed to other names right now.
The icons which can be resized not just to (32 and 16 as what Windows Xp and below support) is a nifty feature of GTK before (GNOME). Mandrake can use GNOME and Enlightenment hand and hand (even with Sawfish). Actually you can right click on the icon, select resize, resize it an whoosh that's it. And you can do it individually. So you can have icons of different sizes. WIndows cannot yet do that. It might not be a feature though, but for me it is. I want my Home/Documents folder to be the largest.
The Orb is nothing just a beautified launcher which can be made with Enlightenment. As far as I'm concerned, Mandrake included several themes for their Distro. You can mimic MacOS, CDE, XP, OS/2, etc. Other themes include out of this world styles which is similar to having widgets on four corners of your desktop. One of which can be used as a taskbar. And yes, those themes are dark much like a dark Vista and Vista-ish.
The icons are of no question better with Linux. Linux had standard on PNG and SVG before. Microsoft followed with Vista.
The 3d switch between windows as Windows Vista offers is yes somewhat original because I can't remember of finding a thing on the net before. But we don't know, it might have existed. And yes as you said earlier, Vista borrowed from OSX, and I know one transparencies. OSX had this but somewhat changed because users complained on it. Leopard, as I've heard brought it back.
So there I explained about the looks and some behavior. Mandrake which is now known as Mandriva Linux is based on RedHat Linux by that time so if you can find one, you can also explore and install Enlightenment plus the themes.
Those are still words. I might provide screenshots if I can find them and if I can find time. Its really hard installing them on 2007 PCs. Most especially the drivers. And if I update them it seems like using the present OS.
Those are the things I can provide for now. And well sorry about that, it could be that you are a new Linux user and found it better so, you are now using 95% of it. And yes, I can't conclude you had been using it for 5 or more years. So that's my bad. Cheers! I just concluded that you are an old user like us. Something really differs us though is that I don't use Linux 95% of my time, maybe just 10-15%. I'm stuck with Windows because of the programs we need.
Some uploaded themes circa 1999 and 2000 are found on freshmeat.net. Browse through the themes.
Edited by uch_haiden, 19 July 2008 - 06:22 AM.