> Mac advocates:
> Please explain the following to me: NeXT and NeXTStep were around
> for quite a while without any considerable commecrial success.
> What makes you think that Apple will make it successul? I still
> think that Jobs simply saved his face by selling his going-nowhere
> company(NeXT). Fact that he immediately sold all Apple stock he
> acquired in transaction proves this.
> Oh, I type this on my old mono NeXTStation 25Mhz :P
I don't know about why it didn't sell well. There might be something in
the cost...from what I remember, to get a NeXT cube, it was extremely
expensive. Then, later on when Jobs stopped selling the cubes, OpenStep
cost near a grand if not more, and most companies 1) Want something
cheap. 2) Want something that works. Usually in that order. Also, I'm
sure software availability played a role in it. Another thing is the
original NeXT cubes didn't have diskette drives, while this helped sell
some NeXT cubes to the Black industry [Top Secret and above, no media is
allowed to leave the premise or area in which this is part of] it didn't
sit well with companies in which almost all software at the time came on
diskette. Anyway, the above are just my guesses, and I have heard these
in more than one conversation...so some of them may be true.
Now, as to your second, why does Apple think it can make it successful.
My first opinion would be this. Many people that use Macs want the power
and stability of a Unix based operating system, yet with the ease of use
and elegance of the Macintosh interface. I love UNIX, I love Macs, I want
Rhapsody. Now, while everyone out there doesn't have a Degree in Math and
CS and are currently working on their MS in CS, and may not know what I
mean by Power and Stability of UNIX, I'm sure a lot of people do, or they
can imagine what it is, and they too want it. And I'm sure Apple can sell
off it's "new" OS to quite a few people, how many exactly remains to be
seen. However, if any indication of the sales figures for OS 8 are any
clue, you could quite possibly see stores rapidly selling out of Rhapsody
as soon as they hit the shelves.
Anyway, that's my take.
-Jason C. Hill