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Ask HN: Can anyone remember a Classic macOS-like desktop for Linux?
5 points by lproven 8 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 8 comments
I am fairly sure I remember a Linux desktop back in the 1990s with a moderately-complete classic MacOS look and feel. I think it was called "Sparta" or something like that. I can't find a trace with Google. Not just a window manager like MLVWM. Not just a skin or theme for an existing desktop (like Platinum on Xfce). Functionally, more like Ben Szymanski's "Classic Finder" for OS X.

There’s a couple of window managers, but I don’t remember a full-blown clone. Might you be thinking of the A/UX GUI?

1. MLVWM: https://github.com/morgant/mlvwm

2. ClassicWM: https://github.com/RyuKojiro/classic-wm

Could it perhaps be Eazel that you’re thinking of?


It wasn't BeOS[1] by any chance was it? (probably not, but figured I'd offer just in case - good luck finding it)

[1] - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS

I do not know the answer but here is another place where people might be able to help you out: https://retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/

I briefly used a now defunct distro called Pear OS, but this was around 2010, not 1990, so I doubt it's what you're after.

perhaps the opposite, unix on classic MacOs? * A/UX native Apple Unix * Tenon, BSD running as app on a mac with MMU

Can it be AfterStep ?

Or Openstep

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