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    (Wikipedia) - NeXT Computer NeXT Computer Manufacturer Type Release date Introductory price Discontinued Operating system Power CPU Memory Storage Display Graphics Sound Input Connectivity Dimensions Successor
    NeXT Computer used by Berners-Lee at CERN
    NeXT, Fremont, California, plant
    Workstation
    October 12, 1988
    US$6500
    1990
    NeXTSTEP, OPENSTEP
    300 Watts, 3 Amperes
    Motorola 68030 @ 25 MHz, 68882 FPU @ 25 MHz, 56001 digital signal processor (DSP) @ 25 MHz
    shipped with 8 MiB, expandable to 16 MiB using 1 MiB Single Inline Memory Modules (SIMMs)
    256 MiB magneto-optical drive, optional hard disk
    MegaPixel 17" monitor
    1120×832 pixel resolution, four-level grayscale
    built-in speakers
    85-key keyboard, 2-button mouse
    Ethernet
    1-foot (305 mm) die-cast magnesium cube-shaped case
    NeXTcube

    The NeXT Computer (also called the NeXT Computer System) is a workstation computer developed, marketed, and sold by NeXT Inc., a company founded by Steve Jobs and several other veterans of the Macintosh and Lisa teams, from 1988 until 1990. It ran the Mach- and BSD-derived, Unix-based NeXTSTEP operating system, with a unique GUI using a Display PostScript-based back end. The motherboard is square and fit into one of four identical slots in the enclosure. The NeXT Computer enclosure consisted 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 cost US$6,500.

    The NeXT Computer was succeeded by the NeXTcube, an upgraded model, in 1990.

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    Reception
    This section requires expansion. (July 2014)

    The NeXT Computer was not a great commercial success at the level of high volume personal computers such as the Apple II, the Macintosh, or Microsoft Windows PCs; some of the workstations were sold to universities, financial institutions, and government agencies however.

    Launch

    The NeXT Computer was revealed at a lavish (invitation only) gala launch event "NeXT Introduction - the Introduction to the NeXT Generation of Computers for Education" at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California on Wednesday October 12 1988. The following day, selected educators and software developers were invited (for $100 registration fee) to attend the first public technical overview of the NeXT computer at an event called "The NeXT Day" held at the San Francisco Hilton. This event gave developers interested in developing NeXT software an insight into the software architecture, object-oriented programming and developing for the NeXT Computer. The luncheon speaker was Steven P. Jobs.

    Legacy

    A NeXT Computer and its object oriented development tools and libraries were used by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN to develop the world''s first web server software, CERN HTTPd, and also used to write the first web browser, WorldWideWeb.

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