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.
"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_.