Instead the purchase ended up bringing in Avie Tevanian,
who could help the existing Apple operating system evolve so that it eventually incorporated the kernel of the NeXT technology.
Gates knew that the deal was destined to bring Jobs back to power.
"But that was a twist of fate," he said.
"What they ended up buying was a guy who most people would not have predicted would be a great CEO,
because he didn't have much experience at it, but he was a brilliant guy with great design taste and great engineering taste.
He suppressed his craziness enough to get himself appointed interim CEO."
Despite what both Ellison and Gates believed,
Jobs had deeply conflicted feelings about whether he wanted to return to an active role at Apple, at least while Amelio was there.
A few days before the NeXT purchase was due to be announced,
Amelio asked Jobs to rejoin Apple full-time and take charge of operating system development.
Jobs, however, kept deflecting Amelio's request.