What happened to OpenStep on Solaris?

January 27, 2007 at 5:40 am 3 comments

One thing I think Solaris needs badly is some GUI tools for managing the machine. There’s an OpenSolaris project called Visual Panels which is intended to address this, but it uses Java and Swing and looks like an interface only a programmer could love šŸ˜¦

As I was noodling away on my little Cocoa “Core Data” app on my Mac, I remembered that of course Solaris used to have a version of OpenStep, which was the set of UI frameworks and tools that was part of NextStep (the OS) and is now part of Mac OS X.

There’s a screenshot of OpenStep on Solaris over here.

Cocoa produces beautiful looking and powerful applications, and is very easy to write to. It would be wonderful if we could get OpenStep back on Solaris, if only for the ease of development it brings.

Maybe Jonathan knows what happened to it?


Entry filed under: Mac, OpenSolaris.

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  • 1. leeg  |  January 27, 2007 at 10:21 am

    This happened to OpenStep for Solaris. [N.B. packages in the last link are SPARC-only, seem to work under Solaris 9 but I haven’t tried 10/OpenSolaris]. Also, I already asked Jonathan, no reply yet šŸ˜‰

  • 2. Chris Ridd  |  January 27, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    (Your comment got marked as spam. Too many links?)

    I’m disappointed. I was fully expecting a link to GNUstep!

  • 3. leeg  |  January 29, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Obviously, having multiple links in blogs would be tantamount to using multiple sources, so WordPress disallows it in case we all get reclassified as ‘journalists’. Erm, or something.


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