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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apple in the mid 80's
by J on Tue 15th Jul 2003 22:21 UTC

from what i've read apple was indeed trying to decide what to do with the mac os in the mid 80's but i don't think unix was really a credible option for them. all types of good things have come from ex-apple people that are pissed apple fired them or cancelled their project (palm pilots, nexstep, beos, tivo, etc.). apple's big plan in the late 80's was called 'pink' or 'taligent' and it was supposed to be a completely object-oriented OS co-developed with IBM. IBM instead put their work into OS/2 with the help of microsoft then got spanked when MS took their ball and went home, making WinNT. taligent/pink never got off the ground, and i think the only engineering that made it to the public from that was OpenDoc (which was too ahead of it's time to catch on). apple then decided to do system 7 and live off that for a while (i think that was early '91) while they went to work on a new kernel and an OS called copeland. copeland would be system 8 but it no matter how much money they threw at it it never materialized. some of it's GUI goodies did make it into System 8 & 9 but they were all the same codebase as 7, which had legacy code back to 6 and beyond. yes, if you launch classic right now there is code in there from the mid-80's. that's both frightening and impressive.

anyways, history lesson is over. great article.