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by Chris — Dec 26
Ellen had the guts to pull the plug

Total BS. Ellen had no clue what she had, and she and Amelio were too incompetent to figure it out. You could have had a microkernel under OS 9 three years earlier, and still had AppKit on top of it, providing a 'modern' API, by 2001.

What Steve Jobs provided that saved Apple was not the NeXT assets. Amelio et al were about to run those into the ground too. It was understanding the technical bits at the executive level, for the first time since Sculley forced Jobs out in 1985. And it was relentless, laserlike focus on executing a plan, any plan would have done, and executing it well.
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