That revolutionary marketing experience ushered in the Macintosh, a revolution in computing for the 1980's. Now that we have the XO laptop from OLPC in 2008, we're in the midst of a whole new revolution, and thanks to John Ralston, the two revolutions are colliding.
John has just added the Mini vMac to the XO laptop.
The Mini vMac emulates Macintosh Plus, the next generation of Macintosh after the 1984 ad, brining that moment in computing history forward for your enjoyment today:
To meet the goal of preserving early Macintosh software forever, Mini vMac is intended to be as simple and maintainable as possible, while still being usable enough that the software running within it is as usable as ever. Also as part of this goal, Mini vMac is intended to be easily portable to new operating systems. So far it works on Macintosh OS, Microsoft Windows, and the X Window System.And if you download the Linux version, and follow John's directions, you can run Mini vMac on the XO laptop. John says:
Also, Mini vMac doesn't network, so there's no internet connection whatsoever. It runs at a reasonable speed, too--probably about as fast as a Classic Mac. Note that this is a viable OS--everything you do saves to your disk image, which is on your thumb drive. Anything you do can be saved and transferred between computers.And as he's already proven, you can relive the 1980's with hot games like Space Quest II.
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