The board of Power Computing has effectively toppled chief operating officer Joel Kocher, who has been vociferous in his criticism of Apple over the past two weeks.
Kocher, who formerly worked for Dell, had hit out at Apple for refusing to clarify its position on licensing its operating system to clone Macintosh makers (see Newswire 19 August). That matter is still unresolved and the three main clonemakers - Motorola, Umax and Power Computing - want Apple to decide its position soon.
There is doubt whether Steve Jobs, currently the effective head of Apple, wants to continue to allow third party companies to compete with it on the hardware front.
Chairman and CEO of Power Computing, Steve Kahng, is understood to have pushed Kocher as he is in favour of taking a softer approach with Apple, in the hope that Jobs will license the Rhapsody next generation operating system when it appears.
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