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.
This is what I love about Richard Stallman. And I mean that seriously. Why should he say nice things about Jobs? Stallman really and truly believes that what Apple does is, from top to bottom, thoroughly pernicious. Why should he pretend not to believe that just because Jobs has died?