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[6]: I miss NeXTstep
by oskeladden on Sun 5th May 2013 10:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I miss NeXTstep"
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"One's choice of desktop environments on Linux and FreeBSD are not limited in the same way as with Microsoft.

I fail to see the difference with offerings from any other commercial vendor since the dawn of computing.

Well, take Microsoft itself in its early days. On early versions of Windows, the graphical shell could be replaced and some OEMs shipped Windows with a very desktop environment. Back in the days of Win 3.1, Compaq used to ship their high-end multimedia-oriented PCs with Xerox's TabWorks as the default shell rather than progman.exe. I think they even did this for a while on Win 95. Microsoft ultimately changed the OEM license to stop PCs from being shipped with anything other than the standard GUI.

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RE[7]: I miss NeXTstep
by moondevil on Sun 5th May 2013 11:40 in reply to "RE[6]: I miss NeXTstep"
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Yeah, but most users replaced it back to the default, because some programs had issues due to DLL conflicts.

And in the other platforms at the time you had the OS in ROM so you could hardly change anything.

The few alternative environments were nothing more than gimmicks patching the live execution of the OS due to lack of memory protection.

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