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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RE: apple in the mid 80's
by anonymous205 on Wed 16th Jul 2003 03:04 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.]

Apple did have a pretty good unix in the 80's called a/ux. I think if they had stuck with it, we would have had something like the current OSX ten years ago, before the change to PowerPC cpus. Then with the PPC hardware change, Apple would have owned 20% to 30% of the marketshare today.

[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.]

I think all of this collaboration with IBM was after the AIM alliance in 1991. a/ux was available 3 years before then. In another unix-related connection, I saw a prototype of something called Macintosh Application Services (MAS) running on IBM workstations, under AIX, in 1993, but it was never marketed by IBM or by Apple. This was basically the functionality of Classic under the current OS X.