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Apple CTO Tevanian departure imminent

updated 08:35 am EST, Tue March 28, 2006

Tevanian plans departure

Apple's Chief Technology Officer Avie Tevanian is leaving the company to "pursue other interests," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Apple, who didn't offer any other details behind Tevanian's decision, said that the executive plans to leave at the end of the month to take some time off. Tevanian played a key role in developing Mac OS X, according to the report. "Tevanian, who is considered an operating systems whiz, began his career at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was instrumental in the development of the Mach kernel. There he met Steve Jobs, who showed a divine interest in his skills and Mach." An Apple spokesperson said that "He plans to take some time off in the interim. He hasn't left yet, though. His last official day is March 31." Tevanian became the company's chief software technology officer in 2003 in a joint announcement that also promoted Bertrand Serlet to senior vice president of Software Engineering.




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  1. e2Sync

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Shoot

    Not good...

  1. IonCable

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    it ok

    It's ok. Avie has been there a long time, working on OS X. I'm sure he has plenty of underlings that are more than capable to carry the torch. This is the redined Apple that hands projects to those who know and can, instead of the bean counters and marketers of the past.

    You can't work with a guy like Avie and not learn something.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Maybe he wants ...

    ... a challenge.

    I got wind of another "Operating System" out there that has the potential to be an August t*** or a February f*** depending on when the sore red(mond) sphincter opens long enough to emit it.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No matter...

    ...Avie hasn't contributed much of anything to the recent Mac OS, and, in fact, neither has he to the historical Mac OS X, with the exception of the Mach kernel a long time ago.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bah

    Too bad the UI head isn't the one leaving. It'd be nice if they could bring someone in to actually get all the software they produce to follow a single UI, and then stop changing it. It seems like every version of OS X, someone's decided they don't like the way one thing is, so they change it, completely ignoring those who might like that feature or ability. And yet, the Finder is still c***. Locks up (SBB) way too many times talking to networks, windows never update correctly or when you want them to, settings get reset without cause, no way to really set up an 'all windows' state (any folder with large files in it has a Size column too small to read the content, yet you can't just say "Make all size columns this size", because once you try changing the view setting to "All Windows", it resizes and moves the columns), and on and on and on.

  1. nemesys

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not good

    This is the kind of guy that Apple should try to keep. Many of them, like Steve Capps, who did realize great things for Apple sometimes end up at Microsoft and then you don't hear from them anymore. Very sad...

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It would be interesting

    if the "pursue other interests" was to do something related to giving Microsoft a viable OS for the future. He could found another OS company (NeXT 2.0) and sell it to Microsoft at about the time Vista (if it's ever released) has run its course. Windows will be truly in need of a complete overhaul at that point...

    Well, whatever it "really" is, good luck with your future ventures, Mr. Tevanian.

  1. e:leaf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    to testudo

    Ditch the Finder and try Path Fnder at http://www.cocoatech.com

    It blows the OS X Finder off of the radar screen.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: to testudo

    Ditch the Finder and try Path Fnder at http://www.cocoatech.com

    It blows the OS X Finder off of the radar screen.


    What? A helpful post on MacNN, rather than calling me a troll? Who are you, and what are you doing here??? Out, now!

    but thanks for the info, I'll look into it....

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: not good

    This is the kind of guy that Apple should try to keep.

    I would assume they either did want to keep him, and he just wants to leave and go do something else, or they want him to leave, because he's been peeing on the floor in the executive washroom, and its pissing off the new CFO.

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