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There were a bunch of blog posts and news articles about the release of the Lisa System source code was to be released in 2018. For example:

It’s now 2019, and the source is nowhere to be found. I’ve reached out to the Computer History Museum via email and received no response.

Any crustaceans know anything that I don’t?


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    Thank you for following up on this, I’d also love to hear about it. It sounds from those articles like the museum needed to get approval from Apple’s lawyers before actually releasing anything. I can easily see how legal review could take more than a year, especially if it isn’t a priority for the company. I would also expect that the museum wouldn’t be able to say much, and perhaps might be forbidden to say anything at all, while that’s ongoing.

    Of course, it’s also possible that the museum simply doesn’t have the staffing to reply to the inquiry. That would surprise me a little, but I guess I don’t know for sure.

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      I’ve been looking forward to this so I can use it as a precedent and pursue the release of the Newton OS source code, which would seem to qualify under the same principles. (Though…do I really want to see what kind of code I wrote 25 years ago?)

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        (Though…do I really want to see what kind of code I wrote 25 years ago?)

        You may not, but I do. :) I always thought Dylan was neat and the soup concept is cool too.

        Any neat things you could tell us about the Newton?

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          Hm, this comment box is too small. :)

          You can find out lots of neat stuff by watching this: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/newtfilm

          Or for more of a technical overview there are some papers we wrote at the time: http://waltersmith.us/newton

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            Could be some interesting stuff there. One time Steven Segal even used it to take a train and his daughter back from evil folks. Family-friendly technology that’s also “a life saver.” ;)

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          I’ve been thinking about at least every other month. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this since I saw the original announcement a few years ago. I really hope they respond to you.