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Source code for the famous 1983 Lisa computer will be released to everyone in 2018

Many of you must know the history of Lisa, Apple computer launched in January 1983. For those who don't know, this is the first computer with a graphical interface.

Still, even with all this revolution, it was a commercial failure. On the other hand, we are talking about an important product in Apple's history, as the Business Insider, because it was the spark that sparked the conflict between Steve Jobs and John Sculley (until then CEO of Ma) that, as we all know, ended up culminating in the exit of the company's co-founder.

Jobs was instrumental in the development of the machine. It was he who convinced Xerox to grant access to its famous PARC, allowing Lisa's team to visit the site and play with the prototypes of the graphical interface. At the time, Jobs said the name Lisa was an acronym for Local Integrated System Architecture (Integrated Local System Architecture); later, however, Jobs assumed that the machine paid tribute to his eldest daughter, Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs.

The Lisa was indeed revolutionary: it had windows and cones, it was possible to classify individual documents into folders, it required a mouse to use something until then unthinkable. According to Apple, $ 150 million was spent on developing the computer.

The problem was that Lisa hit the market at a cost of a fortune. Do you think the iMac Pro is expensive? Lisa, in 1983, was launched at a cost of $ 10,000, which, adjusted for inflation, would be equivalent to about $ 24,000 today. At the same time, although there was not so much technology on board, the competition offered much cheaper machines.

Lisa's commercial with Kevin Costner.

Three years after the launch and with only about 10,000 units sold, the Lisa had its order decreed; however, it paved the way for the first Macintosh, launched in 1984.

Well: 35 years later, the Lisa source code be released free of charge and open to all interested parties. The news was reported on LisaList, a group of computer enthusiasts' emails.

This was announced on LisaList. Very exciting if you are an Apple Lisa fan.

After converting to UNIX and Pascal, all material is now with Apple to be properly reviewed. The company giving the endorsement, the Computer History Museum (which we always visit, in our MM Tours) will make an article on its website talking about the importance of the software and freeing access to it.

To the curious of planting, I am sure that this will be something very interesting to search / play. ?