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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by anonymous205 on Wed 16th Jul 2003 19:51 UTC

["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. "

I think that was MAE : Macintosh Application Environment. Which run under HPsUX and Solaris (maybe AIX), which allowed to run a classic environment on risc workstations. It was indeed marketed by apple during the mid 90s. ]

MAS and MAE were two different products. MAE ran on PA-RISC and SPARC hardware (and maybe MIPS, I forget), and it emulated the PPC instruction set. In contrast, MAS ran on PPC hardware (and RS6000 hardware in general) and it only provided the application environment necessary to run MacOS software under IBM AIX. Instruction emulation was not necessary. It was similar to the Classic environment currently under MacOS X. As far as I know, MAS was never marketed by either Apple or IBM. It was truly a lost opportunity for both companies.