The NeXT Computer (also called the NeXT Computer System) was a workstation computer developed, manufactured, and sold by NeXT Inc., a company founded by Steve Jobs and several other veterans of the Macintosh and Lisa teams, from 1988 until 1990. It ran the Mach and BSD derived, Unix-based NeXTSTEP operating system, with a unique GUI using a Display PostScript based back end. The motherboard was square and fit into one of four identical slots in the enclosure. The NeXT Computer enclosure consisted of a 1-foot (305 mm) die-castmagnesium cube-shaped, black case, which led to the machine being informally referred to as "The Cube". It cost US$6,500.
The NeXT Computer was not a great commercial success at the level of high volume personal computers such as the Apple II, the Macintosh, or MicrosoftWindows PCs; some of the workstations were sold to universities, financial institutions, and government agencies however. Some may still be used around the world as servers and hobbyist desktops. The NeXT Computer was succeeded by the NeXTcube, an upgraded model, in 1990.
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