Rhapsody - Mac OS X in its early days

Posted by Kaya Kupferschmidt • Wednesday, March 2. 2005 • Category: Hardware
As many people know, Apple didn't develop Mac OS X from scratch. Instead of beginning from zero for developing their next gerenartion operating system, they bought a company called NeXT in 1996 whose CEO was Steve Job, the current Apple CEO. This company was founded by Jobs after he left Apple NeXT had a great product called NeXTSTEP, which was a unique and powerful operating system originally only running on the famous proprietary NeXT hardware (NeXT Station and NeXT Cube).

The first versions of the successor of NeXTSTEP was called "Rhapsody" and was running both on Mac and on Intel hardware - the later version wasn't maintained after 5.1. After some years of hard work the final version finally appeared as Mac OS X, one of the best desktop operating systems available today. And even nowadays, the names of many base classes still begin with the prefix "NS" reminding of the original roots of OS X.

For more information about Rhapsody including its history and some screenshots, read on at Shaw's Rhapsody Resource Page. This brings to my mind that I still have a NeXT Station Colour at home waiting for a fresh install plus some Rhapsody media for Intel computers...

Kaya

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