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.
Look, Stallman plays an important role in the open-source movement and has been one of its most extreme advocates. But there’s a difference between honoring a man’s memory and treating him as if he’s the epitome of all evil. Disagree. Don’t be disrespectful. (h/t Mashable, who basically agrees)