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The source code for Apple's Lisa OS will be made free for download next year
By John Law & Kenny Yeo - on 28 Dec 2017, 11:00am

The source code for Apple's Lisa OS will be made free for download next year

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One of the most important pieces of Apple's history has been recovered and will be made open source next year.

The Lisa was a desktop computer made by Apple and was released around 1983. It ran Lisa OS and was one of the first personal computers to feature a graphical user interface.

It sold for about US$10,000 (~RM40,800), which, when adjusted for inflation, is around US$25,000 (~RM101,937) in today's money.

Its high price and lackluster performance meant that it was a commercial flop. Apple managed to sell just 100,000 units. However, its innovative graphical user interface set the tone for future personal computing systems.

In any case, the Computer History Museum has just announced that the source code for Lisa and its applications has been recovered and is now being reviewed by Apple.

Once the code has been reviewed and cleared for release by Apple, it will be made available for download. This is expected to happen sometime in 2018. And while they have been emulators for Lisa in the past, this effort is notable because Apple is directly involved and that the full source code will be available for everyone to download.

Obviously, Lisa will have limited use in today's world, but for Apple fans who want to take a walk down memory lane or simply want to experience Apple's past, this is invaluable.

Source: 9to5 Mac.