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: A few small corrections and additions
by whaaa on Wed 16th Jul 2003 08:38 UTC

A few minor corrections too ;) :

"The NeXT cube also includes a digital signal processor that was described as a "super computer on a chip." "

That wasn't the moto 56K DSP on NeXT's mobos, but rather the i860 on the NeXTDimension board. Intel marketroids had that slogan for the 80860 "a cray on a chip" or "a supercomputer on a chip" (hint about who was buffling, cray still sells supers... intel stopped shipping 860s long ago)

"The original NeXT cube was bundled with the WriteNow word processor, Mathmatica, Common Lisp,...."

I believe those were the academic "bookstore" NeXTstations. I do not think NeXT sold those bundles to the normal public.

"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),..."

Also I may add something that OS X does not come with, and that NeXTStep did (and why I still use it): Renderman!!!! ;) That is right, NeXTStep comes with full renderman -or as full as it was in the mid 90s-