Screenshot peering at Neo's computer

The above is a screenshot from the film. The application icons seem reminiscent of the Tkinter Perl applications from the late 2000s, which would suggest a Gtk1 or Gtk2 icon set(?)

What is this newsreader that he is using?

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    It very well could be some custom mockup for the film. The "Searching..." looks like the film's own distinctive font in their own distinctive shade of green. And the UI looks a lot clunkier than any consumer software of the late 90's that I can think of. Commented May 2 at 15:24
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    I'd agree with @NateEldredge on UI layout grounds. Having the buttons floating over the underlying boxes like that was certainly possible, but not something I remember anyone doing, even in things made in things like Visual Basic or Delphi where you drag-and-drop positioned elements absolutely rather than using layout helpers that prevented overlap like you'd find in GTK+.
    – ssokolow
    Commented May 2 at 19:58
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    When you wrote “news reader” and 1999, I immediately thought of netnews (aka usenet).
    – RonJohn
    Commented May 3 at 23:00

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This page on the HUDS+GUIS site shows that interface in the section on Thomas Anderson's computer, so it would appear that it is a mockup created by a company called Studio C.

  • It does indeed like it was custom built for the film. Thanks for finding this! I guess I will see if I can bug the creators for a bit more information on what the buttons on the UI were, or what they were inspired by
    – tetris11
    Commented May 6 at 15:21

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