LisaEm: The World's First Fully Functional Lisa Emulator
LisaEm emulates Apple Computer's Lisa 2/5 computer. LisaEm is the world's first Lisa emulator project, started in late 1997, and it is the first to be able to emulate enough of the Lisa hardware accurately enough so as to be run the Lisa Office 7/7. While other emulators for the Lisa exist now, they do so because of the efforts of this project.
LisaEm attempts not just to emulate the Lisa computer, but also provide as much of the experience of using an actual Lisa and several of its peripherals. LisaEm currently runs on the win32, OS X, and Linux platforms. It should run on any platform where wxWidgets 2.8 will compile, possibly requiring some modifications. LisaEm is built around James Ponder's Generator CPU core, which has been heavily modified to fully support Lisa's memory management unit.
The Apple Lisa was a machine of historical importance. Its design, while based on the Xerox Alto, signifies the beginning of ubiquitous user friendly computing. The Lisa was a revolutionary computer in many ways, itself building upon, and extending the ideas invented at Xerox PARC. While many believe that the Macintosh signifies the start of the user friendly computer revolution, despite the infamous 1984 SuperBowl commercial, the Mac is actually the Lisa's descendant, and includes software that was both built on and also used on the Lisa. Macintosh computers include QuickDraw in their ROMs which was first designed on the Lisa. Building software for the Mac required a Lisa due to the limitations of the original Mac.
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LisaEm v1.2.6 (2007) for Mac OS X / DMG image
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LisaEm v1.2.6 (2007) / ZIP archive (FOR WINDOWS) / Zipped
(1.67 MiB / 1.75 MB)
LisaEm User's Guide v1.2.5 / PDF document
Architecture: PPC (500mhz or faster) + Intel (Universal Binary)
At least 64MB of free RAM
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
Emulating this? It could probably run under: LisaEm