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Richard Stallman on Steve Jobs's Death
Xah Lee, 2011-10-07
in case you are wondering, here's what Richard Stallman posted about death of Steve Jobs. Quote:
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.
it's posted on his blog at Source stallman.org
it seems, many FSF advocates are offended by this.
I hold slightly positive view of Steve Jobs. (been a dedicated Mac fan from 1991 to 2005) Am slightly sad that he died. However, am not offended by RMS's remarks. Everyone dies. In my moral book, it's not more wrong to criticize when a person just died; whether the person is alive or just died SHOULD NOT make any difference. Also, it's his personal blog, not on fsf.org or gnu.org.
It's not too surprising of RMS's behavior neither. He's been like that in past few years. Screeching publicly against all smart phones (iPhone, Android), attacking cloud computing, attacking Google, made enemies with many major figures in the open source community, got kicked out by several linux communities afaik (e.g debian), and calling Miguel de Icaza a traitor or such …
He, seems to have lost touch, becoming bitter old man, his GNU software suite getting less and less relevant, and i don't see he's getting any more followers neither.
Live, and let live.