Graphic designer Susan Kare is iconic — literally. The mastermind behind the friendly 32 x 32 and 16 x 16 icons used in the original Mac operating system, Kare’s work has reached more people than almost any other graphic designer on Earth.
Yet the way she stumbled into designing the icons for the Mac operating system was pretty much a lark, and in a recent presentation at the EG conference in California, Kare spoke a little bit about how she stumbled into the job.
It’s a fascinating talk, not just for the details she shares about early Mac operating system development, but also because Kare finally reveals why Apple switched from the Apple symbol to the Command key.
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Apple’s never been a particularly vocal advocate of open source, but thanks to a collaboration between two vintage computer museums, you can now delve into the sweet, sweet code of Apple’s first operating system.
Teaming up with the DigiBarn Computer Museum, and with Apple’s blessing, the Computer History Museum has posted the Apple II disk operating system (or DOS) to everyone to delve into for non-commercial use (although if you can make money selling this to someone, you probably deserve it).
What is this, you ask? Let’s flash back to 1977, when Steve Jobs had created a floppy disk controller for the Apple II, but needed DOS in order to access and organize the programs and data stored on those disks. Instead of doing it himself, the Woz chose to outsource the task to Paul Laughton, who worked at Shepardson Microsystems at the time. A year later in 1978, Steve Jobs pad $13,000 to Bob Shepardson, Paul Laughton’s boss, to provide Apple with a file manager and a BASIC interface and utilities that would work with the Apple II… in just seven weeks. Laughton delivered, writing Apple II’s DOS on punch cards, then assembling them into a paper tape that was then fed into the machine. Miraculously, Laughton made the deadline, and history was born.
If you’re interested in seeing what Apple’s first proper operating system looks like on the genetic level, you can download the source code from the link below.
As we reported last night, the OS X Mavericks GM (Gold Master) seed is now available for developers to test the final version of the operating system before it is ready for general distribution later this month.
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