Re: Re-Introducing the First, and Fully Functional, Lisa Emulator

From: Hex Star <hexstar_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 15:13:24 -0800

On 1/24/07, Ray Arachelian <ray_at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:
> On January 24th, 1984, the Macintosh announced, but along with that
> announcement came another that not everyone recalls: The introduction
> of the Lisa 2.

> Reflecting the echoes of that date, I'm announcing the availability of
> The Apple Lisa Emulator. While there are still some flaws and missing
> features, to address, I've decided that it was more important to honor

> the Lisa's January introduction.
> You'll be able to download the emulator from here in a few minutes:
> Questions about the emulator should be directed here: lisaem_at_email.domain.hidden
> Bug reports here: lisaem-bugs_at_email.domain.hidden
> To use the emulator you will need a copy of the Lisa Boot ROM
> (preferably version H) as well as OS software. Please do not ask me to

> provide these. If you own a Lisa, you already have legal copies of these.
> The emulator currently runs on the following platforms:
> * Mac OS X - Intel and G4 PPC.
> * Linux - since there are too many distros, I'm releasing a statically
> linked X11 binary for 2.6 kernels, which should run on most distros, but
> you'll probably want to compile your own version instead.
> * win32 (w2k and possibly XP)
> The project will also compile and run wherever wxWidgets runs on a unix
> like platform (with some tweaks), I'll put up more binaries as time
> permits.
> Source code will be released in about a week or two, licensed under the
> terms of the GNU Public License 2.0. There are parts whose quality of
> the code isn't as good as I'd want it to be. :-)
> Known bugs:
> No documentation, at this time there are hooks in the help menu that
> point to the website, where I'll fill in documentation. Future releases

> will have built in docs.
> The raw keyboard routines aren't quite right. Use the ASCII kb mode for
> now.
> Won't run Xenix - it boots but stops before the shell, likely a VIA bug.
> Printing works, but isn't yet completed (spits out ugly postscript files
> only at this time, needs wxWidgets integration which I'm currently
> working on)
> Win32 LibDC42 routines might not be too stable, may cause trouble with
> Profiles
> Sound isn't perfect, although it does beep on most platforms, the
> "click" is treated incorrectly as a beep.
> Some of the animation has color issues in some of the BMP's/XPM's - i.e.
> floppy insertion
> Mouse movement under certain environments isn't quite right (I've
> optimized for Lisa Office System.)
> When the emulator quits, on OS X, it segfaults (crashes.)
> Won't work with Lisa 1 ROMs as there is little support for Lisa 1 HW
> emulation at this time.
> A few tools I intended to write still need to be written.
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Ok so I found a copy of a lisa rom but found that whenever I try to install lisa office system I get this: is this the catch-22 bug that's mentioned on the download page? If so how are we supposed to actually use this emulator and install lisa office system? Do you have a image we could use that already has lisa office system installed since you said that images with it already installed work fine? Sending this to the lisalist as well in case anyone on the list knows of a solution as well...thanks! :-)

Received on 2007-01-25 20:01:03

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