at the time X windows they regarded as for people 'who need to use MS Windows' or 'for people who don't know how to really use Linux' at the time, people were biased to the CLI, which they claimed was more powerful (and it was) and most complaints were from folks comparing it to MS-DOS. But as far as GUIs go, i thought MS copied Apple's Mac OS desktop, at least in version 3.1 Windows that is. it did look a lot like it. XFree86 was not too likable for Linux gurus then. and given that window managers such as Xfce sported a Win95 style Start Menu it made it look like MS Windows to them.