NeXTSTEP was introduced in 1989 as an UNIX implementation by NeXT. NeXTSTEP features a complete development and user environment, an unique GUI, a special display system, the DPS (Display Post Script). The underlying core is a Mach microkernel, 4.3BSD compatible and extensible at runtime. At the time of its introduction 1989, NeXTSTEP v0.8 only ran on the so called black hardware, rather expensive Motorola 68k systems also produced by NeXT. In 1991 Version 3.1 was introduced and for the first time white hardware (x86) was supported. The development line (68k and x86) was continued and around 1994 Version 3.3 with support for several RISC computers was released, including Sun SPARC and HP PA-RISC 1.1 systems.

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Supported systems

NeXTSTEP runs on several 32-bit PA-RISC workstations with either PA-7100 or PA-7100LC processors and ASP or LASI chipset.

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Supported hardware

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Other documents


There used to be a large software archive available at the FTP server. It went offline about 2004-2005, apparently without a complete mirror of it anywhere.

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