Ray Davies of The Kinks and developers for Apple Computer have something in common. They?re so tired, tired of waiting.
But while fans of Ray are able to dash out in the pre-Christmas period and buy up CDs of Kinks? classical hits, developers will have to wait until Mac Expo in January to collect their software silver platters, an Apple spokesperson confirmed today.
She said that, despite rumour upon rumour about Apple's future operating system technology, the company refuses to discuss whether it will buy Be, license Sun's Solaris or even get into bed with Steve Jobs? Next operating system, the latest scuttlebutt to hit the wires.
While the developers wait, Apple?s chief technology officer Ellen Hancock, who headhunted Gil Amelio, the company?s chief executive, from National Semiconductor, has still not officially contradicted her statement at the Apple Developers' Conference in Heathrow, earlier this month. Then she said that her feeling was that Apple would not buy Be but would do the bulk of its OS development inhouse.
But the latest rumours, that Scott McNealy?s Sun and Steve Jobs' Next are involved, may not be enough to dampen the call from internal Apple programmers. They want a microkernel, Hancock admitted privately to Newswire at the conference.
?I?ve already been killed by two kernels,? Hancock admitted then. ?I don?t want a third.? But as she and other senior executives at Apple continue in discussions, developers are bound to want a clear statement from the Cupertino company so that they can formulate their own strategies.
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