Motorola confirmed last week it will license the Be operating system for a new line of Mac-compatible computers.The news came as its PowerPC partner Apple suffered further executive fallout with the departure of Marco Landi.
The Motorola announcement comes nearly two months after Apple turned down Be in favour of buying Next Software.
Be's operating system is aimed at media rich interactive design applications used for building Web pages, such as digital audio and video editing.
Be and Motorola are reportedly working on formalising an agreement, although a spokesman confirmed that at present no details have been firmed up.
As news of the deal broke, Apple revealed that Marco Landi, former right hand man to CEO Gil Amelio, had resigned.
Officials at the company said Landi had departed to "pursue other interests".
However, with his and other recent high-level resignations at Apple, speculation has rested on the major reorganisation the company announced earlier this month, as the reason for his leaving.
Under the restructuring, Landi was effectively demoted from chief operating officer to executive vice president, in charge of Apple's worldwide sales and support organisation.
Landi, who joined Apple in 1995 to head European Operations, was appointed chief operating officer by Amelio last May.
Robin Abrams, currently senior vice president of Apple Americas sales division, will be taking over Landi's duties.
According to reports, Amelio's position is also in danger following accusations that he has lost the confidence of many of his senior staff.
The question on everybody's lips must be - who's next? Apple seems to be bleeding top executives as fast as it's losing money and this can't go on.
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