Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th May 2013 09:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "NeXT Computer (the original 68030 cube) was a high end workstation that was manufactured between 1988 - 1990. Back then it was a very expensive machine as a complete system would start at $6500 (in 1988 dollars). The machine is a 1 foot cube magnesium case that houses the computer. At the time, its performance was impressive, with a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a screaming 25Mhz, a dedicated floating point CPU, and a digital signal processor built into the system. NeXT cubes featured a magneto-optical drive that stored a whopping 256 Megabytes (by comparison, high end Mac systems at the time might have featured a 20 Megabyte hard drive.) In its day, this was the "Ferrari" of desktop systems!" No new information for the average OSNews reader, but lots of beautiful photos for a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
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RE[3]: I miss NeXTstep
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 4th May 2013 20:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I miss NeXTstep"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Somebodies just want flame-wars everywhere.

They don't pay for it.
They don't use it.
They aren't affected by it.

You mean those people who need to buy a new computer and their only choice is Windows 8 are somehow not paying for it? How the hell did you come to that conclusion? I would say that at least a part of them--their bank account--was unnecessarily affected by it.

They still have their own freedom to choose what they want.

Unfortunately after the fact, in most cases.

But they still yelling at it and try to restrict the others' freedom to pay for it/ use it. (Of course, they can't do it physically, so they do it verbally, spreading wrong/ outdated information.)

It honestly sounds like you're talking about Microsoft and Secure Boot there... only they *can* and *are* attempting to lock other operating systems out physically (or virtually), not verbally.

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RE[4]: I miss NeXTstep
by GraphiteCube on Sun 5th May 2013 06:37 in reply to "RE[3]: I miss NeXTstep"
GraphiteCube Member since:
2009-04-01

and their only choice is Windows 8


In case you don't know, Dell offers laptops with Linux pre-installed. You can also consider Chromebook.

So I think you need to re-think your arguments.

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RE[5]: I miss NeXTstep
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 5th May 2013 06:59 in reply to "RE[4]: I miss NeXTstep"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

In case you don't know, Dell offers laptops with Linux pre-installed. You can also consider Chromebook.

So I think you need to re-think your arguments.

Are you kidding? When asked about Ubuntu, Dell's "tech support representative" had no clue what we were talking about. They were, or at least acted, completely clueless. I eventually just gave up because at the time the computer wasn't going to be mine anyway, but also their site was extremely cryptic on Ubuntu, prominently advertising Windows every chance they got.

That was a while ago, sometime in 2006 back when they first started supposedly pre-loading Ubuntu, but every couple years I hear similar things. And I believe it, because I went through the same shit myself and Dell is as far down in Microsoft's pants as they can get (like most of the major OEMs).

After that experience, needless to say I don't plan on ever getting another Dell, and once I get a new machine this one's going back to my mom. To get a decent base system, you pretty much have to choose Windows; their FreeDOS and Ubuntu models were crap when we got this machine, crap last few times I checked over the years, and are most likely crap now.

The next machine I'm considering will probably be from system76, although they are Ubuntu-exclusive and I no longer have any desire to use Ubuntu and would prefer not to fuel Canonical. But oh well, it's better than paying Microsoft for yet another Windows license. It'll just be wiped anyway, so nothing new there... some things never change.

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