Apple Donates MacPaint Source Code to Computer History Museum

Posted on July 20, 2010 by

BusinessWeek has an interesting article about MacPaint, Apple’s drawing program for the original Macintosh in 1984.  Apple is today officially donating the source code to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

From BusinessWeek:

Heinen, as Hertzfeld tells it, said Apple would be “delighted” to donate the MacPaint source code for the benefit of academic and historical research. Approval, he assumed would surely come right away. However, Heinen was soon caught up in Apple’s stock options scandal and resigned her position, ultimately settling an SEC lawsuit in 2008. She resigned before permission was formally given, and no fewer than six different attempts to get permission from her various successors failed, Hertzfeld said. Finally in January of this year, Hertzfeld saw Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and told him of the stalled request for the source code. Within 24 hours, Jobs asked Apple’s new general counsel, Bruce Sewell to approve it. The files are going live today.

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