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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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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MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

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


Oh give it with this RDF crap, whenever anyone says says something positive about Apple, and does not fawn over whatever, the first resort by the weak minded is invariably this RDF crap.

Note from my original post, that I am LESS THAN PLEASED with Apple, and I grow ever more displeased with Apple with every subsequent release.

IMO, the two most elegant, consistent and usable operating systems ever made were NeXT and BeOS. It has nothing to do with admiring Jobs, but to do with admiring operating systems like BeOS and NeXT, and the principles (simplicity, efficiency, consistency) behind them.

Applications have no doubt improved the years, yet operating systems / desktop environments seem to grow ever more bloated with who knows what. BeOS has all the functionality to compile a modern framework like WebKit, so there is no reason for modern OS to be this massive.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I used both Yellow box and the prior version that was Openstep branded on NT4. It had issues, but the UI wasn't all that different. Might be the version you've seen? The main issue was that the NIB files for the Windows version of the code were completely separate to the Openstep ones, so you needed to create the UI twice to make it cross platform. However, the actual UI is loosely coupled to the underlying controller, so the actual code rarely needed to change. Back then, most controls were declared as "id" in the controllers (which is probably bad form now, modern Objective-C seems to want to use real class names), but it just worked. And the fact that the same skillset worked on Openstep's version of Project Builder and Interface Builder as it did on the Windows version, seriously sped up development. Shame it was a dead end product and it never went anywhere. The short period I used it was wonderful.

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