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Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) in Operating Systems

Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) have revolutionized the way humans interact with computers, making computing accessible to a broader audience by replacing complex command-line interfaces with intuitive visual elements. This article explores the fascinating journey of GUIs in operating systems, tracing their evolution from humble beginnings to the sophisticated interfaces we use today. Early Days: The concept of GUIs traces back to the 1960s and 1970s, with pioneering work at institutions like Xerox PARC. Xerox Alto, developed in the 1970s, introduced many elements of modern GUIs, including windows, icons, menus, and a pointing device (the mouse). Despite its innovation, the Alto remained a research project, and it was not until the 1980s that GUIs started to gain mainstream attention. Rise of Commercial GUIs: Apple's Lisa, released in 1983, and later the iconic Macintosh in 1984 Accessibility and Inclusivity: One significant aspect of GUI evolution is the increasing focus on acces