29 December 2017
The Computer History Museum has got a happy news for the Apple fans all over the world. They are planning to release the legendary Lisa operating system for free, as open source. LISA is one of the first graphical user interface ever made in the history of computers and it will be a huge experience to play around with it.
Just wanted to let everyone know the sources to the OS and applications were recovered, I
converted them to Unix end of line conventions and spaces for Pascal tabs after recovering
the files using Disk Image Chef, and they are with Apple for review.
Announced Al Kossow, a software Curator at the Computer History Museum.
As per the report, the museum will make the OS open source in 2018 and they will also publish a blog post about the historical significance of the OS prior to the OS release. This is going to be a reminder about one of the famous moment occurred in the history of Computers. As we all know, LISA was a big flop in Apple's history, and it also became the turning point in the personal life of Steve Jobs.
Origin of LISA is actually rooted at the old Xerox PARC lab. It was Xerox, that really found the key to modern PC and failed to develop the technology further. But Steve Jobs had the vision to make the most out of graphical interface developed by Xerox. He offered Xerox the option to buy 100,000 Apple shares for the price of $10 per piece, in exchange for a three day play around with Xerox's tech. Xerox accepted the offer and the rest is history.
LISA was causing trouble even from the beginning. It triggered the famous Apple-Microsoft conflict. Everything began when jobs accused Gates of stealing the GUI from Apple as Microsoft's Windows OS had resemblance with LISA. But the reality was, Bill Gates also had access to the Xerox PARC lab. Windows OS also emerged from the GUI developed by Xerox.
The name LISA itself carries a lot of story with it. It was officially explained that LISA was an acronym for “Local Integrated System Architecture”. But in fact, the Operating System was named after Steve's oldest daughter Lisa Nicole Brennan. Steve Jobs also admitted the same after a long period of time in the past.
As mentioned earlier, LISA represents the turning point in the personal life of Steve Jobs. LISA's failure along with some personal conflicts between Jobs and the then CEO of APPLE, John Sculley resulted in an event which Sculley removing Jobs from LISA project and putting him on the Mac team. Jobs made the Macintosh a huge success, but some dramatic events occurred between the Apple board of directors resulted in Job's Apple exit.
Rest of the story is known to everyone. It is important to know the story as you are waiting to experience the LISA GUI. Because what it represents is as important as what it actually is.