Running OPENSTEP on my Intel-based Mac

As most reading this are likely aware, Apple has begun transitioning the Mac to the Intel processor. The processor used by most of the new Intel-based Macs, the Core Duo, supports virtualization technology which is utilized by software such as Parallels Workstation to allow many x86 operating systems to run at basically “full speed” from within Mac OS X. Windows and Linux are the first operating systems that jump to mind for most people when considering this capability. I had a different idea.

I’ve long been a fan of all things NeXT. From the sexy and robust NeXT Cube and NeXTstation machines to the operating system itself, NEXTSTEP, I lusted after them all since their debut in the late 80s. I was fortunate to have had a high-end 486 66 setup on which to run NEXTSTEP for Intel, back in 1994, got hold of a refurbished NeXTstation Turbo Color unit in 2000 and, more recently, picked up an HP PA-RISC workstation for pocket change and had much fun installing NEXTSTEP on it.

All that said, it occured to me that perhaps NEXTSTEP for Intel would install under the Parallels virtualization software. Having the media for both NEXTSTEP and OPENSTEP (the latter a further evolution of the former), I gave the OPENSTEP install a try. Lo and behold, it worked just great! See the article along with a screenshot gallery over at another site of mine, Mac on Intel.

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One Response to Running OPENSTEP on my Intel-based Mac

  1. Nicholas Powell says:

    I have been looking for Openstep/Nextstep for the Intel and PPC platforms forever… I used to have a copy but after several moves I think they might’ve gotten tossed. Do you know where I might be able to locate these CDs?

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