I just read this on the BBC News and it made me really excited!
Anyone who judges me for this gets a 24 hour ban, just kidding
For those of you who can’t be bothered to read the BBC article; Cern (the large hadron collider people) are trying to re-create the very first web site ever right down to the exact hardware and software that was being used.
The machine was one of these above (the NeXT CUBE N1000) used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee who is largely credited as being the inventor of the Internet (he was the guy under the inflatable house during the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony).
This eBay article (link) has quite a lot of nice historical information about the machine and what software it ran.
Anyway, I didn't use a NeXT machine at any time. They were made by a company that Steve Jobs founded after he was forced out of Apple. The OS it ran was called NeXTSTEP and was a Unix-like system with some parts from BSD (wikipedia).
One of the things reading all this has highlighted is that we have apparently lost some features of the first Internet in modern browsers. There is some info on Tim Berners-Lee’s website where he explains some of these features (link).
Apparently this gave a very different browsing experience since all visitors to a page could set up links and make small edits. A bit like how Wikipedia works now. So one of the aims of the project (http://first-website.web.cern.ch/) is to preserve this experience.
I am wondering if they are planning to put the original NeXT box on the web The browsing experience could only really be preserved if the client being used was one of the early browsers with all the features that have been lost.
Now... I wonder how hard it would be to resurrect the NeXTSTEP OS and get it to boot on a Raspberry Pi? Or at least port just the original browser which was called WorldWideWeb. Obviously I am just musing here.
Let me know what you all think.