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Lotus 123 For Linux Is Like A Digital Treasure Hunt

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Ever hear of Lotus 123? It is an old spreadsheet program that dominated the early PC market, taking the crown from incumbent Visicalc. [Tavis Ormandy] has managed to get the old software running natively under Linux — quite a feat for software that is around 40 years old and was meant for a different operating system. You can see the results in glorious green text on a black screen in the video below.

If you are a recent convert to Linux, you might not remember what a pain it was “in the old days” to install software. But in this case, it is even worse since the software isn’t even for Linux. The whole adventure started with [Tavis] wanting to find the API kit used to add plugins to Lotus. In theory, you could use it to add modern features to the venerable spreadsheet program.

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Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux nat

  • Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively • The Register

    A long lost native Unix version of the killer PC spreadsheet has not only been rediscovered, but almost unbelievably, it's been updated to create a native Linux version.

    Lotus 1-2-3 was arguably the single application which made the IBM PC a success, and was launched nearly 40 years ago, on January 26, 1983. The Reg celebrated its 30th anniversary by firing it up in DOSbox, and we mourned when IBM finally killed it.

    It still has admirers today, and one of them is Google bughunter Tavis Ormandy, of Project Zero. Ormandy explains how he ported Lotus 1-2-3 natively to Linux here.

    Ormandy has previously blogged about finding a DOS word-processor to run on Linux.

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  • Lotus 1-2-3 For Linux

    It’s an exciting time in the Lotus 1-2-3 enthusiast community – that was a joke, there is no enthusiast community, it’s just me!

    It really is an exciting time though – that part isn’t a joke!

    There have been some major developments in the last few weeks, and I guess that’s pretty unusual for 30 year old abandonware.

    I’ll cut to the chase; through a combination of unlikely discoveries, crazy hacks and the 90s BBS warez scene I’ve been able to port Lotus 1-2-3 natively to Linux – an operating system that literally didn’t exist when 1-2-3 was released!

    If you want to hear how a proprietary application could be ported to new operating systems 30 years after release, read on.

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Lotus 1-2-3 Is Back... on GNU/Linux

  • Lotus 1-2-3 Is Back, Fundbox And Visa Partner…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

    The 40-year-old program Lotus 1-2-3 was reverse engineered to be 100 percent usable on Linux platforms. This program was popular in the 1980s for offering spreadsheet calculations, database functionality, and graphical charts. However - since Microsoft’s introduction of GUI-based products in the 1990s - the IBM program became inferior. Experts are hopeful that Lotus Software will run on screens larger or smaller than a 80x25 window. (Source: Techradar).

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