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From: tr...@athena.com (Tracy Kugelman)
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Subject: PC Magazine ---Good News
Date: 23 Jul 1993 15:34:01 GMT
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PC MAGAZINE
August 1993
Page 48

FIRST LOOKS

NeXTStep Brings Objectivity to Operating Systems
by Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols

Choosing among high-end operating systems just got harder.  If you think  
the choice between OS/2 and Windows NT (not to mention UnixWare and  
Solaris) is complex, now add NeXTStep for Intel Processors from NeXT to  
the mix.
	First developed as the operating system of the now discontinued  
NeXT computer, the $795 NeXTStep workstation operating system brings a  
distinctly different look and feel to today's PCs.  With the arrival of  
NeXTStep, object-oriented operating systems are no longer the stuff of  
science fiction for PC users.  It is just this design approach that makes  
NeXTStep an extraordinary development platform ready for corporate  
America.
	Other than built-in networking, multimedia e-mail, true  
multitasking, and support for 24-bit true color graphics, what does  
NeXTStep deliver?  First and foremost is a breathtaking interface the  
Workspace Manager that rivals and even surpasses that of the Macintosh.
	However, one thing you won't get in this version is the ability to  
run MS-DOS or Windows programs.  This was promised as an option through  
Insignia Solution's SoftPC, but it's one that won't be fulfilled until  
fall, when NeXTStep 3.2 appears (a free upgrade to registered users will  
be offered).
	
A WORLD OF OBJECTS
NeXTStep's interface is completely object oriented, which means that  
Workspace Manger's individual elements icons, menus, and windows can be  
taken apart and sewed back together to form a customized interface.  
	For example, there's a "shelf" for files and an "application dock"  
for programs that resemble icon bars in Windows apps.  But unlike icon  
bars, where you can place only predetermined program functions, NeXTStep's  
shelves accommodate any program, directory, or file for quick retrieval.
	The object metaphor is carried beyond the interface.  For example,  
linked editable items, such as documents, use Object Links (similar in  
concept to Windows' Object Linking and Embedding) to transport changes  
from a document to a spreadsheet automatically and transparently.   
Applications don't need to be aware of this facility since it's built into  
the operating system.
	A multithreaded, multiprocessing microkernel operating system  
called Mach makes the Workspace Manager run smoothly.  Mach gives NeXTStep  
the ability to run multiple applications at once without the starts and  
stops that plague the performance of other operating systems that  
multitask applications.
	On top of Mach is NeXTStep's version of Unix.  Don't start  
sneezing if you're allergic to Unix:  NeXTStep completely protects you  
from Unix's complexities while preserving its file access structure and  
rich command set.  Thanks to the Workspace Manager, most users will never  
know they're running Unix.
	NeXTStep has superior interoperability features.  Besides the  
TCP/IP and NFS client/server networking capacity it inherits from Unix,  
NeXTStep comes ready to step into existing NetWare networks as a NetWare  
client.  And it can use not only Unix and DOS files, but Macintosh files  
as well.
	
DEVELOPER'S VERSION
The $1,995 price tag of the separate developer's version of NextStep  
shouldn't scare off developers.  The development environment and  
language Objective C make building programs from reusable objects as easy  
as building houses from Lincoln Logs.  
	NeXTStep isn't high and dry on the application side either.  Word  
Perfect, Mesa (a spreadsheet) and Gupta SQLBase Server are now available,  
to name a few.  NeXT includes a catalog of apps along with a sampler  
CD-ROM in NeXTStep.  It also comes richly endowed with its own apps:   
NeXTMail, a network-capable mail system that includes multimedia; an  
editor that works with ASCII and rich text format files and displays EPS  
and TIFF graphic files: VT-100 and 3270 terminal emulators: network system  
administration tools; an on-line version of Webster's Ninth New Collegiate  
Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus; and the complete works of  
Shakespeare.
	NeXTStep is a truly rich package, but it's not perfect.  Like any  
32-bit operating system, there's a paucity of drivers.  Though it has a  
more complete collection of video drivers than OS/2 2.1, it can work only  
with PostScript printers.  One other oddity:  NeXTStep can only wok on a  
system with a single 3.5-inch high-density floppy disk drive.  The  
5.25-inch disk drive must be disabled if you have one.
	NeXTStep doesn't belong on everyone's desktop.  The massive system  
requirements alone (16MB RAM, 120MB hard disk space) put it beyond the  
reach of most users.  Still, in testing, NeXTStep worked like a fine Swiss  
watch both in standalone mode and concurrently as a node on NetWare and  
TCP/IP networks.  And adventurous programmers will be delighted with  
NextStep's development environment.  We foresee NeXTStep taking a place  
similar to that of the Macintosh:  an operating system that's not for  
everyone, but extraordinarily powerful and easy to use for those willing  
to travel a path away from the mainstream.

Fact File:	NeXTStep Release 3.1 for Intel Processors
		NeXT Inc., 900 Chesapeake Drive
		Redwood City, CA  94063
		800-879-6398; 415-366-0900
		Fax:  415-780-3714

List price:  $795; developer's version, $1,995.

Requirements: 16MB RAM (24MB recommended); 120 MB hard disk space (200MB  
			   recommended: 486DX processor of better; SCSI  
CD-ROM drive.

In Short:	The first PC-based version of NeXTStep has intriguing  
interface twists and the ability to multitask flawlessly.  The catch:  it  
doesn't run DOS and Windows applications.  
	
Screen shot graphic with caption: 
ANOTHER OS:  NeXTStep hides its Unix-based core with a great  
object-oriented interface.





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Tracy Kugelman, Director	Athena Design
Sales and Marketing