Few tech products are looked upon with the same lore as the Apple Lisa. Apple’s classic computer holds a special place in the history of technology, and beginning next year, you can use it yourself when the source code for Lisa’s operating system is released to the public.
Software curator Al Kossow, who works for the Computer History Museum, announced the the code has been recovered and converted to Unix, and is now being sent to Apple for review. Kossow announced the source code for Lisa operating system will be made available to all some time in 2018.
The Lisa computer, named after Steve Job’s first daughter, was released in 1983. At its launch, it retailed for a staggering $10,000. Even in today’s age, that sum would be outrageous, let alone over thirty years ago. For all of its innovative features, the Lisa wasn’t able to catch on due to its expensive price tag.
Although the computer was a flop, it inspired Apple to shift its focus to the Macintosh.
Emulators for Lisa have been around for a while, but now you will have access to the real thing. You’ll just have to wait a few more months.