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Lisa OS 2 and 3

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MD5: 4e1813dd2fd2c1e0c6125b8ae6550383
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The Lisa operating system featured cooperative (non-preemptive) multitasking and virtual memory, then extremely advanced features for a personal computer. The use of virtual memory coupled with a fairly slow disk system made the system performance seem sluggish at times. Based in part on advanced elements from the failed Apple III SOS operating system released 3 years earlier, the Lisa also organized its files in hierarchal directories, making the use of large hard drives practical. The Macintosh would eventually adopt this disk organizational design as well for its HFS filing system. Conceptually, the Lisa resembles the Xerox Star in the sense that it was envisioned as an office computing system; consequently, Lisa has two main user modes: the Lisa Office System and the Workshop. The Lisa Office System is the GUI environment for end users. The Workshop is a program development environment, and was almost entirely text-based, though it used a GUI text editor. The Lisa Office System was eventually renamed "7/7", in reference to the seven supplied application programs: LisaWrite, LisaCalc, LisaDraw, LisaGraph, LisaProject, LisaList, and LisaTerminal.

Both OS 2 and 3 are included.

Architecture: 68k

Apple Lisa
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24bit's picture
by 24bit - 2017, November 28 - 11:10pm

Perhaps good to know, the Lisa emulator is working still with macOS Sierra 10.12.

Nicolas Bahamondes's picture
by Nicolas Bahamondes - 2013, January 24 - 1:35am

Seeing the screen of the Apple Lisa makes me to have nightmares at night. Irrational fear. :/

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2010, February 21 - 8:07am

First, I thought the following:

What? These are particular floating files instead of Disk images ready to use? Shock
Guys & Girls, in today's times such particular floating files are prettey useless, even downloading to Mac OS X.

But after downloading and checking the file, LisaOS 2 is OK with its .image extensions,
but the LisaOS 3 files needed to be adjusted:
Simply add the extension .image to all the files, because they're Disk Images, too.
You just need to add these files to the emulator's drives list.
One of the image must be ready to boot the Lisa emulator.

tripseven's picture
by tripseven - 2010, February 21 - 1:00am

I know that this was packaged in OSX, but I'm a PC user, and was sort of wondering what to do with the nameless files (as in no extension) in the directory "OS3.ZIP". Do I copy these to a disk image or what?

soudesune's picture
by soudesune - 2010, February 16 - 9:09pm

Someone mentioned the Atari Magazines Archive and it contained this great article on the Lisa from October 1983:

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2010, January 31 - 11:12am

Didn't the Apple Lisa introduce directories?

Nope, it was the XEROX STAR computer I guess.

closeddoors1559's picture
by closeddoors1559 - 2010, January 31 - 10:56am

Didn't the Apple Lisa introduce directories? I guess it was a revolution Tongue

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, January 24 - 11:17pm

Right Idea, someone's daughter, Steve Jobs first daughter to speculate (he did have a daughter called Lisa, but he was kicked from the Lisa project, to join the Macintosh project).

iig's picture
by iig - 2010, January 24 - 8:46pm

Was Lisa someone at apples girlfriend?Laughing out loud

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2010, January 24 - 4:56pm

Visit the Lisa Emulator Project to take advantage of this upload: