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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Some points
by dysprosia on Tue 15th Jul 2003 22:45 UTC

Capitalization: the API is OpenStep. The implementations, ie the software is OPENSTEP.

(they since then got back to the much uglier CDE for some weird reason ;)
Some say Sun only took on OpenStep to get one up on MS's Cairo OO. Once Sun had started Java, they had no real use for OpenStep any more.

One weird quirk of the system, though, is the fact that while the mouse has 2 buttons, I only found a single application that actually uses the second button and does something with it...
You can actually assign the 2nd mouse button to pop up the program menu. Have a look in, under the mouse section.

Nice article however, though!