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Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac software engineering and the man who played a lead role in the development of Mac OS X, is leaving the company. Serlet worked with Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer, and he spent four years at the famed Xerox PARC research laboratory in Silicon Valley. “I’ve worked with Steve for …

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Pint

So long...

...and thanks for all the cats.

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Happy

Oops, I read it as...

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had enough!"

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Rats,

sinking ship.

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LOL

One person moves on at Apple and it's the sign of something bad?

How about all the high profile resignations at Microsoft?

Ray Ozzie, Stephen Elop, Robbie Bach and J Allard leave and that's okay is it?

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Not just one person

There was talk a while back that Jon Ives (he of iDesign fame) would be leaving too. Impressive though St. Jobs is, he can't do it all himself. If too many of the important people leave then that might mean Apple have a serious recruitement problem. The share markets get all worried about Jobs' health, but really it's the other people in the company that matter most.

I don't think that anything about internal Apple politics can be reliably inferred from news such as this. People do move on all the time - fact of life. Sooner or later we all get itchy feet and want a change, and there's nothing special about the fruit themed toy factory that says otherwise.

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FAIL

"There was talk"

But no actual evidence...

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Tin Hat

Or not happy about Lion turning OSX into iOS?

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Jobs Horns

^this

Merely conjecture, no doubt. Who knows, really, apart from your man....

But consider : "...at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,"

But it matters little. I am not buying *any* more Apple (or Sony) products. One has to take a stand sometime. And I am no ignorant Apple detractor, I'll have you know. This is actually being typed on one of my macs.

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... and Server being turned into a toy.

Once you've exhausted all the different screen wipe transitions for a shiny single-tasking locked-down OS I purpose there's little technical challenge left.

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FAIL

Damn T9

Not purpose, suppose.

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WTF?

Why aren't Cisco furious ?

One thing that has me puzzled is why Cisco, who have had an operating system called IOS for donkey's years, haven't raked Apple over the coals for trademark infringement, you can bet that Apple would if the situation was reversed.

Anyone ??

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why else?

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco_and_apple_agreement_on_ios_trademark/

...and by 'license' I suspect they mean for a little bit more than 2 shillings and ninepence.

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Because they had a licensing agreement

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco_and_apple_agreement_on_ios_trademark/

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Joke

So where does the title go again?

"...I want to focus less on products and more on science..."

You mean the science of getting the largest Apple icon possible on a product isn't what you hoped for?

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Cisco IOS

As I understand it, Apple has an agreement with Cisco allowing it to use iOS. I don't know the specifics (whether/how much money changed hands).

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IT Angle

Ah Science

Let's be honest, there's more science on a Friday afternoon in a key stage 2 classroom than in any proprietary software company. The very definition of peer review is the preserve of open source; which I believe Apple aren't so hot on. No peer review, no openness, no transparency, no science. QED

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Did you read the same article?

"but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,”"

Seems clear that he wants to leave Apple exactly to research more academic endeavours. So I don't get the point of your comment, is it just a badly constructed dig at Apple?

Btw Apple does do open source: the core OS (which feeds back to FreeBSD), the widely used Webkit, and others. See http://www.opensource.apple.com/

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alright troll, I'll bite

I suppose the development of the transistor, integrated circuit, the ongoing research into semiconductor physics, and speech recognition to name a few had no scientific basis because largely they were carried out by companies such as Bell Telephone, TI, and BBN? Good to know that the vast majority of readers on the reg have no grounding in science because of our employers' decisions about licensing issues.

And, even though I don't personally think that broad publication is a requirement for applying the scientific method, many discoveries made at private corporations are published both in academic journals and patent filings. In fact, I suspect there are far more publications coming from companies that are predominantly closed than open source shops, largely because such companies are bigger and can afford more research staff.

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@LOL

I don't think those people were leaving a sinking ship so much as floating up from the wreckage

Except Elop - he was sent to sink a different ship

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"Apple didn't say where Serlet planned to work next."

But you can bet all of your iThings that if Jobs suspects Serlet might pose the slightest competition to Apple, a law suit will be laid.

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Uhmm, yeah....

....it's called a "Non-compete Agreement".

Welcome to Business 101. Please take your seats.

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@ Uhmm, yeah

"...it's called a "Non-compete Agreement".

Welcome to Business 101. Please take your seats."

But lets first have a geography and law lessons. He is in California . In California non compete clause are not valid .

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True. Unless...

...you're an equity stakeholder of a business.

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