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NeXTSTEP 0.9, simlar to 0.8, was another pre-release shipped with early
NeXT hardware prior to the offical "1.0". These screen shots were taken
using the NeXT emulator "Previous".
This is the NeXTSTEP 0.9 desktop.
It has many improvments and changes over 0.8, but probably the most
imediatly visible is that the "Resize" button is gone. Instead, to resize
you grab the small bevled rectangle in the corners and drag them.
Also, the dock now indicates if a program is running or not. It displays
a "..." in the corner of inactive application icons.
NeXTSTEP 0.9 includes a Preferences control pannel application.
Right-click menus are now an option in the preferences, disabled by
default. Removing right-click menu was to "simulate a single button mouse".
Workspace Manager now hides Unix file directories by default. To see
them you must enable "Unix Expert" in the preferences.
NeXTSTEP has a "public window server" option. Appearntly it is possible
to display application windows on other computers over the network like
X11. But this is not X11 or compatible with it.
Another addition to 0.9, is NetInfo.
NetInfo is a very generalized GUI for setting the network configuration.
0.9 also adds improvements to network printing, but that is kind of
hard to show.
Another thing I can't really test, 0.9 reportedly adds automatic mounting
of optical disk media. So in 0.8 you had to do things the traditional Unix
way and type a pile of cryptic commands just to change a disk.
Among the bundled applications, one of the more interesting is a demo
pre-release version of FrameMaker.
The interface builder is a bit different. The pallet is reorganized
as an iconic set of tabs, similar to the Preferences application.
Notice that 0.9 introduces a different radio button appearance from
0.8. Instead of showing a solid black center, it uses a bevled white circle.
The problem with this is that the selected one looks empty, and the
unselected ones look disabled. This appearance remains through the remainder
NeXTSTEP 0.9 also includes Mathmatica, a complex mathmatical graphing
The demo applications also now include a "breakout" syle game called
Finally, shutting down NeXTSTEP 0.9.