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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A few small corrections and additions
by publiclook on Wed 16th Jul 2003 00:31 UTC

A few small corrections and additions to a greatly appreciated article:

Interface Builder was included in NeXTstep 0.8 in 1988

Objective-C was created by Brad Cox of Stepstone. NeXT used it because it is/was the "most dynamic" of object oriented extensions to C. It is also simple, clean, open, and powerful. C++ was very primative in 1988 and it was already overly complex.

NeXT computers were much less expensive than comparable Apple hardware at the time, and NeXTstep was much more capable. The NeXT cube also includes a digital signal processor that was described as a "super computer on a chip."

The original NeXT cube was bundled with the WriteNow word processor, Mathmatica, Common Lisp, Digital signal processing software, professional grade SoundKit and MusicKit, Webster's dictionary and thesaurus, Oxford book of quotations, complete works of Shakespeare, and much more.

The DisplayPostscript window system of NeXTstep is STILL much faster than MacOS X's Quartz, but quartz produces higher quality output on screen.

Versions of NeXTstep included many features that are STILL not in Mac OS X but may be in future Mac releases. These include integrated FAX from any print panel, IndexingKit, SoundKit, MusicKit, 3DKit, DBKit and later Enterprise Objects Framework, NeXTtime (oo multi-media), ubiquitous Display Postscript which provided WYSIWYG, EPS as the native vector graphics format, transparent compositing, and so much more...