The Apple Macintosh combined brilliant design in hardware and in software. The drawing program MacPaint, which was released with the computer in January of 1984, was an example of that brilliance both in what it did, and in how it was implemented.
For those who want to see how it worked “under the hood”, we are pleased, with the permission of Apple Inc., to make available the original program source code of MacPaint and the underlying QuickDraw graphics library.
Maybe we’ll see more of this…
SONY – how about donating the source and schematics of the (now discontinued) QRIO humanoid project to a museum? QRIO photos here.
IBM – how about donating the source and the hardware of DEEP BLUE the chess computer to a museum?
Post up in the comments if you can think of other worthy donations from the milestones of technology that should be shared and also in a museum.
Even if copyrights were shortened, in most cases companies would be the ones with physical possession of the source, since they sell the object code. And the could use that physical possession to block release. Another area for reform.
As to which program I’d like to see the source of, for nostalgia’s sake, Ultima IV, perferable for one of the platforms running a 6502.
@Bernard: I assume you mean plans and code for the Apollo Guidance Computer? The AGC code has already been opened up (see post here). Schematics for the AGC can be found here.