This article is well worth the read. I have been down on Apple quite a bit recently. The story here involves Donald Knuth’s admiration of the early Mac program as the impetus. It harkens back to some of the original developers of the software of the first Macintosh and the sort of coding required to do something so clearly useful with so few hardware resources. It is a solid reminder that even for a company that is beholden only to its bottom line, attitudes and values change over time, for both better and worse.
I am also drawn to the archaeological and historical aspects of the efforts needed to liberate the code. It is fortunate that a network enabled Lisa was ultimately found to read the floppies the original author, Bill Atkinson, was finally able to unearth. It is a matter of luck–I wonder how much software of this vintage and early has been resigned to the dust bin of history for want of even an emulator, let alone original hardware.