GUIs = graphical user interfaces
Defenestrating = elimination of openings, specifically windows
It was the brainiacs at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center that first came up with the new ideas of how to interface to computers that we all use today: mouse, windowed programs on the screen, white background/black text, and so on.
Until then, the norm was keyboard only, one program running at a time that monopolized the screen, monochrome text on black background.
But the trend is now reversing:
- the most popular computer in the world today is the smartphone: no mouse, no windows.
- Apple has said it wants to port its full-screen interface from iOS (iPhone) to Mac OS X: no windows
- Linux-based MeeGo effectively eliminates windows from its UI.
I wonder if this trend will become the new norm, or just an interesting aside in the history of computing.