Directory of NextStep/OpenStep Software Archives

Started by crimsonRE, April 02, 2022, 08:34:24 PM

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Hello folks!
I put the idea of a sticky post with a listing of all known NextStep/OpenStep software archives to the Mothership. Nitro responded that he's fine with making it sticky..
This will just be a start - unquestionably I am not familiar with all the archives now extant, so PLEASE do respond with more URLs and I'll add them in!
  - the oldest archive still online from its original URL, the progenitor of the excellent NeXTfiles archive. This was, I believe, put together by Joacim Mellin for the earlier NeXT hobbyist site (how many folks here were on that?) and passed along to the founders of
  - our own excellent archive, with many more bytes of information added over the past decade+ - click download, then use 'me' and 'next' in the authentication window
  - the OnionMixer archive
  - the very nice archive of the former NeXT User Group in Zurich, Switzerland, I recommend it highly
  - Ray Haleblian's new archive, including KB7SQI's software split out as separate pkg or tgz files
  - Nicolas Leymann's "Mini Archiv', incl. Amaya, the X11 html editor/web browser from the W3C (run it under CubX-Window or other NS X11 server)
  - Frank Siegert's interesting collection of NS software, incl. a Columbia Appletalk Protocol pkg with a nice NextStep frontend

The ftp archives contains an upload of Timothy Luomat's Peak Archive, formerly at    (this is where much of my NS software came from, many many moons ago)
  - Large collection of commercial NextStep software

Bonus: Documentation

NextStep User's Guide is available :

Network and System Administration Manual

NextStep 3.3 Developer Documentation Manuals
  Also avail. at

The latter two were produced by Randy Rencsok (look at in ~2010). He also bought/sold NeXT hardware - I think I may remember he bought the CIA or NSA's supply when they stopped using NeXTs...
  - a fantastic archive of NeXT documents, incl NeXTAnswers


FWIW, I have (potentially incomplete) captures of the following archives on my NAS:

-rwxrwxrwx  1 *****  staff   2671702346 20 Nov  2011
-rwxrwxrwx  1 *****  staff   1282767839 17 Oct  2011
-rwxrwxrwx  1 *****  staff   4016572786 14 Jul  2013
-rwxrwxrwx  1 *****  staff  10972134859 29 Jan  2012
-rwxrwxrwx  1 *****  staff    683852052 29 Apr  2017
-rwxrwxrwx  1 *****  staff     12549714 17 Oct  2011
-rwxrwxrwx  1 *****  staff    177940696 17 Oct  2011


Very glad you have these, t-rexky! Comparison with the above archives would be good in order to see what gems might be unearthed.
Excellent to see the archive - that is, I believe, the direct descendent of one of the two main NextStep software FTP sites from when NeXT was still in business, (CompSci dept at Oregon State Univ). Tim Luoma curated, I got all my software from there back in the 2001-2004 timeframe...along with poking through the site.
And great - Henry Koplien's site! I vaguely remember he was quite interested in audio or video under NextSt, and posted quite a bit on the* USENET newgroups...
Many thanks, sir!


I would be happy to upload these somewhere if there is a location with sufficient capacity...


Quote from: t-rexky on June 16, 2022, 01:47:49 PMI would be happy to upload these somewhere if there is a location with sufficient capacity... would totally allow you to upload each of these individually!