[linux-elitists] Why haven't you switched to MacOS X yet?

Eric Murray ericm@lne.com
Wed Jan 8 18:11:25 PST 2003

On Wed, Jan 08, 2003 at 05:46:23PM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> This is somewhat unhistorical.  To review:  NeXTStep was an early BSD
> fork

Actually the nExt kernel was Mach, which was a message-passing
micro-kernel sort of thing.   Mach was almost always slid under BSD,
because the people at CMU who developed it had a lot of IBM AOS4.3
machines around (plus the source), and those ran BSD 4.3.  nExt's CTO was
Ari Trevanian (or something like that) who was the main Mach guy at CMU.
There were IBM RTs running Mach in the office next to mine at IBM.
Other than having some extra processes with funny names when you did a
'ps aux' and crashing a bit more frequently, you couldn't tell the difference
between them and an AOS (BSD) RT.

There was also a port of the NextStep windowing system/UI/dancing bear
to one of the flavors of AIX.  IBM bought the rights for major $$$,
paid a bunch of people to port it (they were on the floor above mine)
and came up with the slowest windowing system I've ever seen.
Eventually the exec who negotiated the deal was moved elsewhere
and the whole NextStep-on-AIX thing quietly swept under a rug.


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