A few days ago I talked about wanting to get NeXT’s OpenStep running on my MacBook Pro in either Parallels or VMware Fusion.
I’m narrowing in on a vendor that has the software I’m looking for. Bonus points for the vendor for having the authority to resell the software with Apple’s blessing. I will post more details about the vendor and purchasing options once the software becomes available for purchase.
In the mean time, check out the video below for a ‘live’ demo of NeXTStep running on a greyscale NeXT Cube powered by none other than the Motorola 68040 processor. The same processor that was used in the 1991 Apple Macintosh Quadra 900.
With the one year anniversary of Steve Jobs passing coming up on October 5, I’m once again thinking about getting NeXT’s OpenStep installed on my MacBook Pro.
NeXT’s operating system software, NextStep 3 and OpenStep 4 wouldn’t be installed directly on my Mac hardware, but rather I’d install it as a guest OS in Parallels or Fusion. The problem, really, is that legal copies of NeXT’s software is hard to come by and my knowledge of UNIX and Linux is painfully low.
The Mac On Intel blog looks like a good place to get started.
If I’m going to get this done by October 5, it’s going to take a lot of long nights and help from the community. Can I do it? I don’t know, but I’ll give it a try.
If you have some NeXT OpenStep experience running inside Parallels or Fusion, hit me up on Twitter with the handle @alanmgrassia.