Linked by Ian MacGregor on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 20:40 UTC
Window Managers Window Maker is an X11 window manager originally designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment. In every way possible, it reproduces the elegant look and feel of the NEXTSTEP user interface. It is fast, feature rich, easy to configure, and easy to use. It is also free software, with contributions being made by programmers from around the world.
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RE[2]: Not even close to NeXT
by mlankton on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 21:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Not even close to NeXT"
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For starters NeXTSTEP and OPENSTEP were operating systems. Extremely well integrated and cohesive systems. The system was so far ahead of everything else at the time in terms of user experience that about all I can do is tell you to somehow get an os disc and play with it in a virtual machine and imagine that it's 1993 or 1994 or 1995 or 1996, and remember what the other desktops of the time offered.

The reason we former users love this system so much has a great deal to do with the user experience, which thankfully OS X lets us hang on to a sliver of. OS X isn't very NeXT-like from the desktop, but as a former user I get enough sense of its heritage using it that it is better than if NeXT had just disappeared altogether. Don't get me wrong, in many ways OS X exceeds NeXT, and I'm a very content OS X user.

WM is a nice little window manager. It's responsive. It looks reasonably NeXT-ish. But it's still an X window manager, and all it really does is put NeXT-ish lipstick on that pig.

The NeXT Workspace introduced the three column view file browser, and it included a shelf. Display Postscript offered desktop graphics that looked like a million bucks compared to any other windowing system of the time. Like OS X, every app had its own menu. It also had tear-off and sticky sub menus. NeXT had services, which allowed every app to use relevant functionality from your other installed apps.

Look, I am biased. I LOVED this system, and still do. The only reason that NeXT isn't as emulated as the Amiga is that there just weren't that many people who got to use a NeXT Cube or slab. The cube was a $10k micro computer and most people could afford an Amiga. I wish Apple would just go ahead and make the old system public domain so people could legally play with it. Until then, GNUStep is the project that may eventually produce a system that is pretty damn close.

There are some cool NeXT videos on YouTube with Steve Jobs promoting the system and what it can do. Good viewing. Also, Steve Jobs And The NeXT Big Thing is a good read.

So I don't hate Window Maker, it's just not the same as the real thing.

Edited 2009-12-03 21:48 UTC

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