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What ever happened to the Apple Lisa source code?

Published 16 April 2019


Back in 2017, many news outlets broadly announced that the original source code for the Apple Lisa was going to be released in 2018. Well it is 2019. What ever happened?

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Apple Lisa Source Code announcement

You had to be a hardcore Apple fanboy to catch it first. On December 2017, Al Kossow announced that the Apple Lisa sources for the OS and applications were recovered and were with Apple for review. The code needed to be cleared for release and will [may] be made available in 2018. So you don't believe us? You can read the original post given below.

Original LisaList annoucement of Apple Lisa Source Code

Media announces Source Code release

It didn't take long for the online media to pick up on these whispers. Free source code ... Apple?  It is an little known fact that Apple already reports to have over 200 open source projects that ship with MacOS. But the Apple Lisa source code is different. It is the great- great- great- grand-daddy of the Apple MacOS operating system.

The briefest Google search reveals numerous articles running with this announcement, including but not limited to;


So where is the Apple Lisa Source Code?

That question has popped up on Twitter, Google Groups, Reddit and numerous other forums.

We just don't know. But we have a conspiracy theory. Did you know that Apple secretly dumped 2700 Apple Lisa computers in the sleepy city of Logan, Utah. At USD$10,000 a machine, that is an awful lot of buried treasure. Could it be that Apple went back and buried the source code with those machines? At this rate we may never know.

Apple secretly dumped 2700 Apple Lisas into landfill. And at USD$10,000 a pop, that is an awful lot of buried treasure.

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