Re: [NTLK] Dear Steve Jobs... (your help is needed)

From: Laurent Daudelin <>
Date: Fri Feb 13 2009 - 16:08:56 EST

On Feb 13, 2009, at 12:54 , wrote:
> On Fri, 13 Feb 2009 20:38:23 +0000, Simon Bell wrote:
>> I donít
>> believe Apple has *any* Newton knowledge any more, so is in no
>> position to release it no matter how persuasive our appeals may be.
>> The last person to create a system patch, Paul Guyot, did so some
>> nine
>> years ago, and achieved it by patching Appleís previous system patch.
>> If he or any former Newton OS engineers can remember how itís done, I
>> think they are our only hope.
> Even if they don't have any technical information they can give us,
> the
> other part of the request is still important - give us permission to
> work with it. And who knows, they may have some internal documentation
> around for us to dig into.
> The worst they can do is refuse, and leave us exactly where we are
> now.

Although I find the effort commendable, every now and then, this topic
of asking Apple to release all the info they have on the Newton
resurfaces. And it always ends the same way: no info is ever released.
Heck, no acknowledgement of receiving your demand is even returned.

Whether Apple has the info or not (I would believe they still have it,
in some vault because it's still their intellectual property and a few
millions have been spend on it), they will *NEVER* release it. They
have never released anything that was created internally. Parts of the
code for OS X (Darwin) are available but that's because Apple didn't
have any choice since that part of the OS uses open source projects.

I agree with Simon that your best bet is to contact Paul Guyot
personally and ask him for help. I've been a Newton user since 1993
and I've been developing a tiny bit for the Newton and the only guy I
know that can do this is Paul.

All in all, I think it's OK to discuss this topic over and over but,
without wanting to be rude or anything, I think you're wasting your
time if you're aiming a shot in direction of Apple.

Just my $0.02...

Laurent Daudelin
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