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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Next Computers  NeXT Cube computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Tuesday 21st April 2015

When the NeXT Cube computer was released, The price was an astronomical $6800.00. I remember at the press release, Jobs mentioned that it would only be sold to academic institutions and college students, and not to the general public. When a reporter asked how he could get one, a very cocky Jobs replied "Enroll".

Tuesday 31st March 2015
matthew (Texas United States)

did you know the 040 nextcube was actually used for graphics design at id software at the time doom was made

Tuesday 4th March 2014
Nate (Ohio)

Fun fact: A NextCUBE was the world''s first World Wide Web server..,

Sunday 17th September 2006
bluekatt (netherlands)

the core of next is the mach kernel with scource code from bsd unix
it displays postscript and has a windowing engine
and a object orientated application layer
it has a terminal ( its a nix after all )

Wednesday 3rd August 2005
Renzin (USA)

Steve Jobs really loved the cube. Just look at the Mac G4 cube. NeXTstep, as everyone says, is greatly related to OS X, but what is the core name? The core of OS X is Darwin. Also, does it have a terminal like X and what is it like?

Friday 19th November 2004
yaro (us)

Actually NS stood for Next/Sun. The NS prefix was only introduced with OpenStep (not NextStep which used a NX prefix.)

Monday 28th June 2004
Nick Daisley (USA)

Just for your information - you speak of the NeXT machines in the past tense but as of 1 year ago (probably still now) one of the Physics labs at Oxford University was entirely equipped with NeXT stations, with a Cube as a server. Quite simply, they had not come across anything which could replace them (although they were exploring Mac OS-X to that end) in terms of the network integration, messaging and programming facilities which they offer.
Meanwhile, my monitor stands on top of a 'color station' which just awaits a proprietory keyboard in order to switch it on for the first time in many years!

Friday 25th January 2002
Jeremiah (USA)

MacOS X is indeed an heir to NeXTstep, though the MACH-BSD kernal in NeXTstep was replaced my something much more modern in OS X. OS X inherits it's structure, notions of services, application bundles, GUI and display postscript (Called Quartz under OS X), use of "NetInfo" for most things from NeXTstep, but most of the "UNIX" is actually freeBSD.

it's interesting from a developers perspective to see all of the NeXTstep headers still in use, and NeXT-derived functions. For example, many header files and prototypes begin with the letters "NS", meaning "NextStep". :-)

Friday 25th January 2002
Douro (USA)

MacOS 10 uses much the same kernel as NeXTStep. With the port of the Mac kernel to the PC, Intel-based machines can now run NeXTStep. Apple's updated release included a color(!) GUI and could be run on Macintosh computers.

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