Gregory Alan Bolcer
Thu, 10 Jan 2002 07:04:08 -0800
Piccie of Dr. Ernie reading Linux Journal. Yes
there is open OS software at Apple.
Anyway, the real interesting stuff happened afterwards,
downstairs on the trade show floor, in a massive private
booth Apple had set up just for The Media. I was eager to
see what was up with OS X, especially around Darwin, its
BSD-based open-source kernel. Was there a Penguin/Ox
synergy going on? If so, what was that about, and where was
On the walk to the booth I ran into
Tony Fadell, a guy I've known for a
few years but hadn't seen in awhile.
(That's him on the right, below.) He
was wearing an Apple badge. "What
do you do for Apple?" I asked. "I
designed the iPod", he replied.
Then I ran into Ernest Prabhakar
(left, with a copy of Linux Journal)
who leads product marketing for
Darwin. He was very eager to talk
about synergies, not just between two operating systems and
the various cultures involved, but between different
development interests and modalities. For example, he said
AppleScript Studio has the same relationship to GUI
development as shell to command line. "Think about
pipelining, but in three dimensions." He was way past me,
but I dug his enthusiasm.
Then he pointed me toward Brian Croll, who used to run
Eazel. I had interviewed Brian last spring, a few weeks
before that company went under. Before Eazel, Brian had
been with Sun for many years. Now he was running
engineering for the Darwin end of OS X. And he was
excited about it--especially about the level of open-source
activity that's going on with Darwin.