Apple Dumps OS9 Division!

Posted by: MacGizmo

Apple Dumps OS9 Division! - 09/17/02 07:25 PM

Apple Folds in Mac OS 9 Group<br>By Matthew Rothenberg<br><br>In yet another sign that Apple Computer Inc. is winding down its efforts to maintain the classic Mac OS 9 to concentrate on Mac OS X, the company last week quietly reorganized its OS development operation.<br><br>According to sources, Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Avadis Tevanian on Friday announced the departure of Steven Glass, longtime Mac OS developer and vice president of the Cupertino, Calif., company's Mac OS Engineering group. Sources said Glass, who reported directly to Tevanian, will take a new position at Apple's PowerSchool division. Created by Apple's March 2001 acquisition of PowerSchool, the group provides Web-based student information systems for K-12 schools and school districts.<br><br>Glass has been involved with Apple OS development for more than 15 years; he was on the team that created the Apple IIGS, which was introduced in September 1986.<br><br>Meanwhile, the Mac OS 9 engineering team (as well as the team responsible for international OS versions and text rendering) will move under Platform Technologies, the group headed by Bertrand Serlet. That group is primarily responsible for development of the Unix-based Mac OS X. Tevanian reportedly told staffers that Apple is continuing to search for a new manager for Mac OS X.<br><br>Serlet also reports directly to Tevanian. He joined Apple alongside Tevanian as part of Apple's December 1996 acquisition of NeXT Software Inc., whose OpenStep OS formed the foundation of Mac OS X.<br><br>In addition, Mac OS quality assurance—formerly a separate group within Serlet's Platform Technologies group—will be moved under software engineering operations.<br><br>According to sources, the reorganization does not significantly reduce the number of staffers involved in Apple's OS efforts; some departing employees have not been replaced, and a number of former Mac OS 9 developers have moved to Marklar, the company's Mac OS X-on-x86 project.<br><br>Apple representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.<br><br>Sources said the move is Apple's latest in an ongoing effort to close the book on Mac OS 9. At last week's Apple Expo in Paris, CEO Steve Jobs confirmed an August report in eWEEK that as of January, all new Mac models will boot into Mac OS X only.<br><br>At May's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Jobs theatrically eulogized Mac OS 9, displaying a boxed copy in a coffin while funereal music blared from speakers. Mac OS 9 "isn't dead for our customers yet," he told assembled software and hardware developers, "but it's dead to you." <br><br><br>[color:red]semicolon dash parenthesis</font color=red>
Posted by: margadagio

Re: Apple Dumps OS9 Division! - 09/17/02 07:36 PM

Not that I'll miss OS9 but that story is kinda sad. The end of an era. It's what I cut my computer teeth on.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Apple Dumps OS9 Division! - 09/17/02 08:06 PM

Well, just remember that Glass remains more than half full. Apple ][, OS 9--the man has done the greats.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: MacGizmo

Re: Apple Dumps OS9 Division! - 09/17/02 08:42 PM

Yeah, soon we will look back at OS9 like we do at OS7 now... "How did we use that CARP!" Of course, I've felt that way since OSX came out.<br><br><br>[color:red]semicolon dash parenthesis</font color=red>
Posted by: MachOne

LOL! :-) - 09/18/02 02:04 AM

Belle chapeau, M. Bah de la Pooh au homme mort.<br><br>Like it! <br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: LOL! :-) - 09/18/02 04:37 AM

Merci, mais c'est Carp qui me le donnait.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: greenme1

Re: Apple Dumps OS9 Division! - 09/18/02 07:02 AM

Apple has an OS X-on-x86 project? I never new that. <br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: LOL! :-) - 09/18/02 11:12 AM

It's about time! <br><br>
Posted by: MacGizmo

Re: LOL! :-) - 09/18/02 04:19 PM

agreed!<br><br><br>[color:red]semicolon dash parenthesis</font color=red>
Posted by: carp

Re: LOL! :-) - 09/18/02 05:00 PM

Wise guys.<br>Useing the Carp name in vain. Shame on you all. <br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: LOL! :-) - 09/18/02 07:07 PM

I ws just giving you credit for my chapeau, Carp. I would never take the name of the lord my Carp in vain <br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: MachOne

Re: LOL! :-) - 09/18/02 10:20 PM

Yeah, he wuz responding to my cheery greeting of:<br><br>"Nice hat, Mr Dead Dude Pooh-Bah". I had no idea you had lovingly crafted it for him. Those ole construction skills, eh? Never know when they might be useful. <br><br>