Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Jul 2003 18:26 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep Every so often I have this urge (maybe more of an itch) to spend hours and hours on the web trying to find information about old, obsolete computers of the past. I am intrigued by the XEROX Alto and Star ('70s-'82), the Apple Lisa ('83) and, of course, CRAYs ('75-ish). These were revolutionary machines indeed, they wrote golden pages in the history of computing. In the end of the 1980s, a new innovative product was ready to ship, created by a bunch of people coming from Apple: The NeXT platform.
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Jobs the visionary...
by Boshon on Tue 15th Jul 2003 21:01 UTC

An easy to use Unix...NeXT.
Unix on the desktop...NeXT.
Unix as the future...NeXT.

What everyone Linux person wants is what Jobs already delivered...and he knew it was the future over a decade ago.

Sadly, the past 10 years seems to have been taken up with making Job's vision an affordable reality. Where are the new revolutionaries? What has been missing is bringing _radical_ new ideas to the desktop space.

All we see now are tweaks, distributions of the same operating system with a different look, copying of what Microsoft does, etc. Yuck! How about something the brings the future to us, even if it is very slow on today's computers!!! Jobs is unique and quite possibly alone in his ability to hit on one great idea after another.

Perhaps there are no revolutionaries left and we now only have evolutionaries who work in large communities fixing bugs and moving things along like Christian monks of old who slowly but surely re-wrote old texts, re-wrote them in different ways with beautiful fonts, and elaborate art and in different languages but never wrote anything new!!!

I would love to see Jobs leave Apple again and start up a new company. He seems to always start a new revolution when he does that (Apple the startup - with Woz then NeXT then Pixar). He's best when he's working from the ground up.

Oh well, tomorrow we'll probably read about another Linux distribution or someone doing their own BeOS because they can't escape the past 10 years and are incapable of thinking out of the box.