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    Post Apple and NeXT hardware and software

    I am a big fan of UNIX and have been using Mac OS X before it was for public consumption. I became aware of Appleís A/UX only from reading about it in the 90s and finally obtaining download copies in early 2000s to try on a Quadra 800. I have since acquired official install media for A/UX 2.0 and 2.0.1.

    This forum seems to be a little short on Apple and NeXT fans, or have I just not found the right posts yet ?

    Apple UNIX that Iíve used and I have an affinity for:
    - A/UX
    - MkLinux
    - Darwin
    - Rhapsody (both for x86 and PPC)
    - Max OS X Server 1.2 (the one like Openstep with classic Mac GUI)
    - Mac OS X 10.0-10.15

    NeXT: I have just recently delved into NeXT. I purchased a NeXT slab last month and Iíve played around a bit with it. I hope to recap the motherboard.

    Debian: Iíve used as a server OS versions of Debian starting with 3.0. Currently maintain a group of servers running Debian 6/7/8 that run CGIs based on Apples HyperCard of all things. The stacks have been converted to run under the application Runtime Revolution (formerly MetaCard I believe) and presently called LiveCode. Some of the servers also have AppleTalk and AppleShare serving an office of PowerMac G5 computers running 10.4 with HyperCard stacks inter-connecting them all.

    I started with Red Hat Linux in the 90s and also had some experience with Caldera Linux. I donít prefer one platform over another I just prefer stuff that works well. Iíve dabbled in OS/2 (a sort of Unix).

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    I love Rhapsody. I use OS X Server v1.2 on a Wally:

    I also have MkLinux on a 9150:

    I'm not happy with Apple's current direction with macOS. I still think 10.4 and 10.6 were the acmes for PowerPC and x86 respectively. I also find A/UX a little temperamental, but it's sort of a wine and wineskins impedance mismatch sometimes.

    As far as NeXTSTEP, my favourite device for that is my SAIC Galaxy 1100 (PA-RISC). OmniWeb on both NeXTSTEP, Rhapsody and early OS X can be tricked into accessing HTTPS:
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
    Various projects and oddities:
    Machine room:

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    I would add MachTen to the mix - it was really interesting and quite viable unix solution at the time.

    And yeah, I would say apple taken out a soul out of unix with its present os.

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    I once had some discussions with Tenon about opensourcing MachTen, but nothing came of it. I still like it. For all its flaws (and it has many), it's the most productive I've been in OS 9.
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
    Various projects and oddities:
    Machine room:


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