Wednesday, July 9, 1997 by Dave Winer.
I'm getting flooded with mail about the last piece, Amelio Resigns because I said something that is not true. Steve Jobs will assume a wider role at Apple now that Amelio has left. I incorrectly said that he will be the acting CEO.
From Russell Brady in Apple public relations, "Steve Jobs is not acting CEO. Until a new CEO is hired, Fred Anderson, executive vice-president and chief financial officer, will assume additional responsibilities for the Company’s day-to-day operations."
To people who asked if I had early knowledge of the announcement, yes.
There was a general buzz among insiders in the software industry for the last two days that Amelio had been fired by Apple's board.
I didn't feel it was my place to break the news story, I felt it would be better to let the news organizations do the reporting, and to do my job, which is to offer a perspective.
As you might expect, I'm getting a lot of interesting comments today. Watch the mail page for the day for some samples:
A final note for the day, to people who use Macs and specifically to people who use Frontier on the Mac -- the next release, version 5, coming soon, is cross-platform, for both the Mac OS and Windows.
We have many developers and users who have invested alongside us in Frontier for the Mac, and it wouldn't be prudent for us to not offer a smooth transition. To me that means at least one version that runs on both Mac and Windows. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to the future of the platform, and of course to the future of Frontier. Nothing's certain in this uncertain world, except...
We'll keep diggin!
PS: Unprecendented traffic on www.scripting.com today. The server's holding up great! It's a Quadra 850, running WebSTAR 2.0 and Mac OS 7.5.5.
PPS: Several correspondents have suggested that Jean-Louis Gassee would make a good choice for the new Apple CEO. Others have suggested that Power Computing should acquire Apple. I think both ideas are interesting.