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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Fond memories
by Adam Perry on Wed 16th Jul 2003 01:38 UTC

We had a NeXT cube in the basement of the Computer Science labs at the University of Virginia when I attended. I think it must of been donated and serve no particular purpose because I seemed to get access to it at will. It had a great software bundle including Write Now, the Complete Works of Shakespeare, and Digital Webster. Improv from Lotus was a really cool but largely forgotten spreadsheet for NeXTStep.

All in all, I think the GUI is still one of the cleanest and most elegant I've ever seen. The hardware was absolutely beautiful too - solid black magnesium cases (and apparently a bear to work with). I'm glad the OS lives on through MacOS X.