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Apple to release Lisa OS source code for public in 2018

Apple to release Lisa OS source code for public in 2018

Meanwhile, Gizmodo says Al Kossow, a software curator at the Computer History Museum, recently announced that both the source code for the Lisa operating system and the Lisa apps have been recovered. This will give users the chance to test out one of the first graphical user interfaces in history. Thanks to the Computer History Museum, you will soon be able to use that historical operating system for free.The source code of Lisa's operating system and applications have been recovered and it will be soon available on the museum.

Lisa was one of the first personal computers to bring a graphical user interface, mouse, and a file system to mass market (it eventually only managed to sell 10,000 pieces due to its exorbitant pricetag). Lisa was discontinued in 1986 and sent to the digital graveyard.

The pending release is great news, especially for preservationists and Apple historians that have likely been itching to have a look at the software's inner workings.

The Lisa pushed the boundaries for what was possible on the PC at the time: It had windows and icons, and you could sort individual documents into folders. Interestingly, Lisa's failure in the market is also the reason Jobs left Apple though he was right back in at Apple with his next creation, the NeXT Computer.

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The best part is it's going to be a free download, and it won't hold users back by almost $10,000, the original price tag a Lisa computer had when it was first released. Apple pulled the plug on Lisa three years after launch, with only about 10,000 units sold.

Then-Apple CEO John Sculley had Jobs removed from the Lisa project, which kicked off years-long animosity between the two. Of course, Apple didn't pioneer the concept of a GUI, Xerox PARC had already developed its own back in 1973 which featured in its own Alto computer. Though Steve Jobs had originally denied it, he later accepted that Lisa was named for his daughter, Lisa Brennan.

First, Apple actually sued Microsoft over the very first version of Windows, with Jobs personally claiming that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates had just swiped the Lisa's proprietary technology.


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