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The NeXT
NeXT
Computer (also called the NeXT
NeXT
Computer System) is a workstation computer developed, marketed, and sold by NeXT
NeXT
Inc. It runs the Mach- and BSD-derived, Unix-based NeXTSTEP
NeXTSTEP
operating system, with a proprietary GUI using a Display PostScript-based back end. The motherboard is square and fits into one of four identical slots in the enclosure. The NeXT
NeXT
Computer enclosure consists of a 1-foot (305 mm) die-cast magnesium cube-shaped, black case, which led to the machine being informally referred to as "The Cube". It was launched in 1988 at US$6,500 (equivalent to $13,400 in 2017). The NeXT
NeXT
Computer was succeeded by the NeXTcube, an upgraded model, in 1990.

Contents

1 Launch 2 Reception

2.1 Legacy

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Launch[edit] Main article: NeXT
NeXT
Introduction The NeXT
NeXT
Computer was launched in October 1988 at a lavish invitation-only event, " NeXT
NeXT
Introduction – the Introduction to the NeXT
NeXT
Generation of Computers for Education" at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California. The next day, selected educators and software developers were invited to attend—for a $100 registration fee—the first public technical overview of the NeXT computer at an event called "The NeXT
NeXT
Day" at the San Francisco Hilton. It gave those interested in developing NeXT
NeXT
software an insight into the system's software architecture and object-oriented programming. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
was the luncheon's speaker. Reception[edit]

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In 1989, BYTE
BYTE
Magazine listed the NeXT
NeXT
Computer among the "Excellence" winners of the BYTE
BYTE
Awards, stating that it showed "what can be done when a personal computer is designed as a system, and not a collection of hardware elements". Citing as "truly innovative" the optical drive, DSP and object-oriented programming environment, it concluded that "the NeXT
NeXT
Computer is worth every penny of its $6,500 market price".[1] It was, however, not a significant commercial success, failing to reach the level of high-volume sales like the Apple II, Commodore 64, the Macintosh, or Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
PCs. The workstations were sold to universities, financial institutions, and government agencies.[citation needed] Legacy[edit]

This NeXT
NeXT
workstation (a NeXTcube) was used by Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee
as the first Web server
Web server
on the World Wide Web.

A NeXT
NeXT
Computer and its object oriented development tools and libraries were used by Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee
and Robert Cailliau
Robert Cailliau
at CERN
CERN
to develop the world's first web server software, CERN
CERN
httpd, and also used to write the first web browser, WorldWideWeb. The NeXT
NeXT
Computer and the same object oriented development tools and libraries were used by Jesse Tayler at Paget Press to develop the first electronic app store, the Electronic AppWrapper in the early 1990s. Issue #3 was first demonstrated to Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
at NeXTWorld Expo 1993. See also[edit]

Previous, emulator of NeXT
NeXT
hardware NeXTstation NeXTcube NeXTcube
NeXTcube
Turbo NeXT
NeXT
character set

References[edit]

^ "The BYTE
BYTE
Awards". BYTE. January 1989. p. 327. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to NeXT.

Byte Magazine, November 1988: The NeXT
NeXT
Computer Facsimile, Full text Simson Garfinkel's NeXT
NeXT
pages including NeXTWorld Magazine The Best of NeXT
NeXT
Collection NeXT
NeXT
Computer brochure (page 7 contains a full size image of the circuit board) old-computers.com — NeXTcube Photos of black hardware

v t e

NeXT
NeXT
(1985 to 1996)

Corporate Directors

Steve Jobs Ross Perot John Patrick Crecine
John Patrick Crecine
(as of 1988)

Original NeXT
NeXT
Team Members

Susan Barnes George Crow Joanna Hoffman Steve Jobs Susan Kare Rich Page Bud Tribble

Hardware Products

NeXT
NeXT
Computer NeXTcube NeXTcube
NeXTcube
Turbo NeXTstation NeXTdimension NeXT
NeXT
MegaPixel Display NeXT
NeXT
Laser Printer

Software Products

NeXTSTEP OpenStep WebObjects Interface Builder

Annual Sales $140 million USD (FY 1992) Employees 240 (1993) Website www.next.com at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archiv

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