1. Commentary on Apple's rumor mongering.
"So I contend that we all need to cool our collective jets until the
World Wide Developer
Conference (WWDC) on May 11th - the appointed time for Apple to release
surprises around Rhapsody. Even well-placed Rhapsody developers with
ready to ship
shrinkwrap apps such as Stone Design are not privy to what's going down
And this is a good thing, because it indicates to me that some really
interesting stuff is
going to be announced. "
Really interesting stuff? Newton developers were kept in the dark the
same way the Rhapsody developers are now be kept in the dark. Look at
what happened to the newton developers. The announcement certainly was
"Because I have waited 10 years for NextStep/OpenStep/Rhapsody to be
the mass market, I can wait a few more months. After all, it was Robert
kept insisting in "Stranger in a Strange Land" that "Waiting is." In the
spirit of the
productive wait, here are ten things to do to pass the time until WWDC:
NeXTSTEP/Openstep was available to the mass-market for ten years,
and with the exception of the NSA and Wall Street, it was rejected.
Apple has not given a compelling reason to move to Yellow Box.
And Apple has no loyalty to its developers..look at the newton.
"The Yellow Box framework will be officially supported on Rhapsody,
Windows 95/98, and MacOS. "
And well placed Apple sources said that the newton was
just fine. It's now dead. Until Apple issues and official
press release or a white paper outlining where they are
going, if you are reading this article to make a corporate
decision on direction for development or deployment of
Rhapsody, do consider what Apple did to its newton developers.
And given apples emphasis on MacOS, consider where that puts
Rhapsody. Consider the way Apple treated a core market,
education, with the Emate. Take into account the Nextstep
to openstep conversion problems noted in newsgroups.
And then ask yourself if accessing to a minority
of the computing market is worth the way Apple
has acted in the recent past. Without a serious
commitment to NT 5.0/Win98 (and hopefully Solaris/HP-UX)
how useful is Rhapsody? And if you wait till may, read
very carefully what Apple has said.
(Personally I have been looking at www.willows.com
and www.gnustep.org as future development environment
for cross platform compatibility. Why? Access to
the source! Hard to get jerked around if you have the source.)
(The Windows group is here for the marketshare, and the Linux group for
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