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Richard Stallman 'glad Jobs is gone'

Richard M. Stallman founder of the Free Software Foundation, said of Steve Jobs' passing: "I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone."

Writing on his blog, the bearded wonder says: "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."

While the rest of the world is guffing out homilies to the salesman of the century, it may be quite refreshing to hear a dissenting voice.

Speaking ill of the dead is rarely advisable, however, unless the deceased happens to be called Osama or Adolf or some such. Even then it suggests small-mindedness. "Hey, look at me I'm still alive!" Barely.