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Richard Stallman’s Views on Death of Steve Jobs

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the champion of open source software, has claimed that he is ‘glad’ that Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs is ‘gone’.

While the world grieves at the untimely passing of the computing and mobile technology pioneer, Stallman always known for making bold statements supposedly advocating the case for open source software may have crossed the line.

Everyone knows that Stallman and Jobs had different views when it came to software. Stallman championed a free environment for software while Jobs made his empire by selling software in a tight ecosystem.

However, it is one thing to advocate the cause and another to claim that the free, open source software world is better off without Steve Jobs, who is hailed by many as the Henry Ford or Thomas Edison of our times.

"Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died,” Stallman wrote on his blog (opens in new tab).

"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,” he added reports thinq_ (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.