Party Like Its 1983 With Apple Lisa OS Source Code

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week center_img Apple’s most famous flop will return in 2018.The Computer History Museum (CHM) recovered source code for the Apple Lisa computer, released in January 1983.Currently under review in Cupertino, the code should be cleared and released at some point next year.“Just wanted to let everyone know the sources to the OS and applications were recovered … and they are with Apple for review,” CHM software curator Al Kossow announced on a Lisa mailing list.Apple Lisa was one of the first personal computers to offer a graphical user interface (GUI) in a machine aimed at individual business users.Generally considered a failure, the Lisa (“Local Integrated System Architecture”—a backronym invented to fit the name, inspired by Steve Jobs’ eldest daughter, Lisa Nicole Brennan) was an important step in Apple history: It required a “clever pointing device called a mouse” to operate (state-of-the-art stuff in 1983).It also led to the famous feud between then-Apple CEO John Sculley and co-founder Jobs, who subsequently quit to start a new company, NeXT Computer. NeXT was later acquired by Apple, bringing Jobs back into the fold; he served as chief exec from 1997 to his death in October 2011, driving the firm to its current superstar status.In the end, Lisa’s massive price tag ($9.995—more than $24,000 by today’s standards), relatively low performance, and unreliable floppy disks, however, led to poor sales. Three years after its debut, the computer was discontinued.Until now.Fans can keep an eye on the Museum’s blog, where news about the impending arrival of the Lisa source code—as well as “the historical significance of the software”—will be posted, according to Kossow.“The only thing I saw that probably won’t be able to be released is the American Heritage dictionary for the spell checker in LisaWrite,” he added.Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.last_img

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