[TUHS] tangential unix question: whatever happened to NeWS?

Al Kossow aek at bitsavers.org
Mon Jan 25 07:29:59 AEST 2021

On 1/24/21 12:45 PM, Jon Steinhart wrote:
> Larry McVoy writes:
>>I was doing some
> consulting for AED at the time; they were making X accelerator boards
> that plugged into Suns.  I convinced them that there wasn't going to be
> much of a market.  Instead, I noticed that many large companies were using
> SunView applications (think FrameMaker et. al.) for serious work, and were
> not just going to ditch it for X just so they could watch the maze program
> (there were no real X applications at the time).  AED funded me to do the
> XTool (Safe X for Suns) project which made X run in a SunView window.
> That allowed customers who depended on SunView to also watch maze
> when they were bored.  It had two modes; run an X server in a window,
> or use the Sun UI and run each X application in its own SunView window.
> Unfortunately, AED had a management change who forced us to ship before
> we were ready which made it fail.  Were I smarter I would have tried to
> get Sun to buy it.  I think that I have a box of XTool tee shirts around
> if anybody wants one.

That was my project before I left for Apple.
Two versions, QBus and VME.
Big mistake was trusting AMD's QPDM.


Do you still have any of the code for it?

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