Summary of Avie Tevanian's interview at the Computer History Museum

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Avie Tevanian is one of the co-authors of the Mach Kernel and a former senior VP of software at Apple. His work has been used as a foundation to build various technologies used today, for instance, macOS’ current kernel XNU is based on Mach. This kernel is also found on iOS devices, Apple TVs and so forth.

Some years ago he did a very interesting interview at the Computer History Museum (Mountain View, California) where he explains his experiences. The interview is quite long and contains lots of interesting facts, to keep it short I’ve focused on the projects he worked at academia, NeXT and Apple.


Student at the University of Rochester (1979-1984)

Xerox Alto
Xerox Alto

Building Mach at Carnegie Mellon University (1984-1987)

VAX 780
VAX 780

Evolving Mach into a commercial product (1986-1988)


Joining NeXT (1988)

NeXT Computer
NeXT Computer

Change of direction (1989-1996)


Acquired by Apple (1996-1997)


Fixing Apple (1997 - 1999)


New generation of products (1999 - 2002)

Mac OS X 10.0
My copy of Mac OS X 10.0 "Cheetah"

More inventions (2002 - 2005)


Later years (2003 - 2006)


Sources

Rodrigo Copetti

Rodrigo Copetti

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