Originally posted by THT
All NeXT computers rans variations of the Motorola 68030 and 68040. There may have been an after market 68060, but I think I'm confusing that with the Nitro board (66 MHz 68040?). Long time ago.
After NeXT abandoned hardware, it ran on a small subset of generic Intel hardware, then HP-PA RISC workstations, then SPARCstations, and finally, Apple PowerPC. Next year, it'll come back to Intel.
I find it interesting that this all could have been done back when NeXT became os X . It's painfully obvious that os X is a good deal NeXT (home icon, window sidebar etc. etc.)... although it is color.
(yes, I tried one of the cludgy betas- quite an interesting trip to see OpenStep on an apple)
The thing that intrigues me is back when everyone felt this should mean a move towards OS multiplatform compatibility, Apple wasn't biting. And now, they find themselves having to backpeddle and rework code, when this could have been done from the beginning when Jobs came in with *X (and a few rumors say it was "working" on intel in house). Mind you, I understand the hardware/software link... let's face it, Apple is a hardware company... they make their money there, and for the most part, their hardware is beautiful (minus the cluster of dead pixels in the left hand center of my 15" streaky
high-res powerbook just purchased). So, they would have lost a lot by going multi-platform (we all remember the PPC compatibles, eh?)... This os could be running on every darned box on the market, if Apple wished it to be so. Obviously Apple doesn't, so it's not. However, they now have more work cut out for themselves that they could have been working on since X was first implemented.
Although, perhaps it's not important to have Apple on every piece of hardware imaginable to mankind: Where's the keyboard?
One intriguing question I have: how will the new intel DRM be utilized what with the thumb-screws being applied to Jobs as of late. [Kudos for him for making this work, but now he must fight back the zombies with sticks if he's going to keep it moving strong... for an almost cost-free distribution system, they should be happy with $1/song... especially with the DRM and lack of physical artwork.]
Alright, I rambled... I'm sorry...
_Ducking from throwing stones here_
The fact still remains- from the old Apple ][e, I'm still here... guess I prefer the light flogging to the heavy flogging in the PC world.