Apple is releasing their Local Integrated System Architecture (LISA) OS as open-source next year. If you recall, the Apple Lisa didn’t sell well at all, as a matter of fact it only sold ~10K units. However, it was the first PC to have a GUI and use a mouse.
Just think if Apple didn’t sell the thing for many times that of an IBM PC and we might have the Apple OS as the defacto standard now. You can check out the announcement here. If you really want to go down memory lane you can check out this old Apple Lisa commercial below.
Back in 1983 Lisa computer cost $10,000 – if you factor in the inflation, it’ll cost $24,000 right now. To that time IBM was already offering computers that were far cheaper. This flopped OS brought some of the advanced features for the first time, including protected memory, sophisticated HDD-based OS, etc.
Interesting to watch that commercial. Apple was appealing to hipsters before hipsters were even a thing! While this is interesting, I wonder outside of a few hobbyists, if there will be any real development on this. I could see it being used in some training courses. Of course, given the fact that older computers are faster than new computers, this may spark a resurgence!