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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tails92
Member since:
2007-10-07

http://www.windowmaker.org
Then look at GNUstep stuff and start from there.

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MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

I've tried window maker on and off for 10 years, and it sucks as bad today as it did in 2000. For some bizarre reason, they wrote their own toolkit that supposedly visually resembles NeXT, but that's about it, zero integration with GNUStep, gnome or KDE, because, you know what, we want to write our own homegrown toolkit and not just use something sane like GTK or Qt.

I use unity these days, it's far from perfect, but at least it's improving, and starting to get some integration with apps.

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MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

I gave up on GNUStep long ago. It would have been a great API if the underlying toolkit was GTK, but no, they have to rool their own widget set, so GNUStep apps look like crap when running along side GTK (or Qt because Qt is smart enough to use the GTK theme engine so Qt apps look just like GTK).

The original Openstep API was actually cross platform, and used native Windows widgets on Windows so they looked right.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Apparently, the Jobs' Reality Distortion Field was not limited to Apple.

First off, unlike GNUStep, Openstep Enterprise on NT cost a pretty penny, and although it showed great promise, it still had some very rough edges. Also the resulting applications had a look and feel that was not quite native. And a lot of the "widgets" in the NS/OS specification had no equivalent on the NT APIs (and viceversa).

Perhaps, the problem at play is that you could be indicting current products/projects for not complying with your personal version of history, which never happened.

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