When consumers have been promised powerful, life-changing new software, delays and postponed launches can be excruciating.
Mac OS X was first demonstrated under the code-name Rhapsody in 1997, yet version 1 release didn’t arrive until a full four years later. Windows Vista was originally planned to ship in 2003, as a minor release between Windows XP and the true follow-up, but that release date slipped by three years.
However, both of those pale in comparison to “Project Xanadu”, which was released without fanfare at an event at California’s Chapman University in late April. Development on Xanadu began 54 years ago, in 1960, making it the most delayed software in history.
Xanadu’s developer Ted Nelson is the man who coined the term “hypertext” to describe the clickable links that were created for his project: the word lives on most prominently as the “ht” in the internet abbreviation “http”.
At its simplest, Xanadu lets users build documents that seamlessly embed the sources which they are linking back to, creating, in Nelson’s words, “an entire form of literature where links do not break as versions change; where documents may be closely compared side by side and closely annotated; where it is possible to see the origins of every quotation; and in which there is a valid copyright system – a literary, legal and business arrangement – for frictionless, non-negotiated quotation at any time and in any amount.”
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Imagine trying to explain that sort of delay to a client!