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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The NeXT computer was in fact a time travel machine
by Paul on Tue 15th Jul 2003 21:49 UTC

I brought my NeXTStation in 1991. It was totaly, absolutly AMAZING. It was like a time travel machine that let you go in the future. All in it was so revolutionary/ahead of time it is impossible to correctly describe the feeling. And there was tons of great apps like Photoshop, Improve, Mathematica etc. Well, we are now twelves years latter, and SUN, HP and al. are still stuck with completely unfriendly, ugly and dumb User Interface/Desktop applications/Desktop Development Platform, for their Unixes. Incredible when you know NeXT was much better in this regard twelves years ago than they are now. The guys at SUN who decided to phase-out their just born OpenStep desktop environment were severely lacking vision.

I had to go from NeXT to PC from 1997 to 2000 and it was a real joy to go back to NeXT when Apple shipped Mac OS X. Same wonderful taste, great development framework, improved Objective-C, super sexy hardware. I can't wait buying a G5, playing with panther etc.

The somewhat sad part of the story is that all this fun will diseapear the day Jobs decide to quit. So far, he seems to be the only one able to put this level of quality, vision and fun in computing.