Apple has always kept their software exclusive so that nobody else uses them. Not to mention, they always make them proprietary as well. Have you ever thought of running an operating system from Apple on your desktop?
Well, you may think it is impossible. However, you would be able to do it soon. The Computer History Museum has announced that the source code of Apple’s legendary Lisa platform has been recovered and right now, it is undergoing the review from the company itself. We will soon see the platform as an open source product.
Apple’s Lisa OS is Going to be Open-Source Soon
An original Lisa computer carried a $10,000 price tag back in 1979. You are going to get the same platform powered those computers for absolutely free of cost.
The software curator at the museum, Al Kossow announced that they managed to recover the source code of the operating system and a converted version of the same has been sent to Apple for reviewing. Once the company finishes the review, they will release a text on the significance of the OS. Then, we will see the source code live on the web by 2018 (probably by mid).
Lisa was a cutting-edge machine back then; the first to offer a graphical user interface, support for mouse, and a file system to the customers. Despite the features, it was overpriced to the core. At some point, Apple sold Lisa computer at a massive price of $25,000.
The official explanation for the name LISA was Local Integrated System Architecture. Then again, Jobs himself admitted that it was his oldest daughter Lisa Nicole Brennan who fueled the naming of the legendary machine.
The final date for the release of Lisa isn’t out yet. You may have to wait until mid-2018 to get your hands on it. In case you are impatient and want a quick solution to experience the old-age GUI king on your system, you can seek the help of a few emulators.
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