Stallman is right in that Jobs was “the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool” and unlike Gates (which at least played a huge role in first making computers available for businesses and then cheap PCs available for the masses – and without which the Open Source movement would have still been today a thing for a small group of academics), Jobs was also a major pusher of the ‘walled garden concept’ beyond the realm of classic computers. I would also contrast the things that Gates does with his billions with what Jobs did…
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.
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