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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SUN droped OpenStep because they sought Java would do it
by Paul on Tue 15th Jul 2003 23:14 UTC

At Object Expo Paris in 1995 SUN was showing a pre-version of their NEO Environment, based on OpenStep integrated in Solaris. But they were already switching strategies. Eric Mahe from SUN told me that with Java and the newly released Java Beans initiative they would soon have all OpenStep had, including the Interface Builder capacities. Alas they were wrong and have completely lost the battle for a good UNIX desktop (and OS X won). One of the consequence is that people still program Solaris using quite nightmarish technologies compared to the OpenStep toolkit.