Richard Stallman (aka RMS) has decided to comment on the death of Steve Jobs:
06 October 2011 (Steve Jobs)
Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died.
As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone.” Nobody deserves to have to die – not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs’ malign influence on people’s computing.
Unfortunately, that influence continues despite his absence. We can only hope his successors, as they attempt to carry on his legacy, will be less effective.
I see from Wikipedia that Mr. Stallman was born in 1953. He’s approaching 60. We must all at some point go into the hospital and have examinations and procedures if we wish to live longer. I dare say that I have not seen any open source hospital equipment drivers or interfaces. What tough choices we have. It must be a nightmare for RMS to go into a hospital, or fly in a plane, ride in a bus, or drive a car – they all have embedded proprietary software.
I find his commentary sad and disappointing. And while I find Apple’s methods frustrating, the place to take them on is in the market, from showing people the truth – not on such a personal level when Steve Jobs’s the funeral has not yet to take place.
Here is a link to his commentary: