Linden Lab's CEO, Philp Rosedale has responded with a statement on the departure of Linden Lab CTO Cory Ondrejka.
"I can confirm that Cory Ondrejka, CTO, will be leaving Linden Lab at the end of this year, in order to pursue new professional challenges outside the company. I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank Cory for his tremendous contribution to the company and to Second Life, in terms of its original vision and ongoing progress.
As it grows, the needs of our company are changing, and the role of CTO, or technical lead, has also evolved. Therefore, Cory and I are in agreement that our paths, at this point in time at least, lie in different directions. During Cory's tenure the engineering team has grown tremendously, and given the breadth and depth of our technical expertise, we do not foresee any impact on our development plans.
Together, we've produced great things in the development of Second Life, and I know Cory will go on to achieve excellence in his chosen field."
Yes, it's the basic boilerplate formula for "We fired him" that you see coming out of corporations everywhere. The possibility exists that Ondrejka wasn't fired, but with a statement phrased like this, there doesn't seem to be much room for doubt.