How the last true hacker Richard Stallman eulogizes Steve Jobs

Posted by David Khoirul

Richard M. Stallman comments on Steve Jobs deathThe death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has brought a lot of sadness among colleagues, friends, and many people in the world. Steve plays an important role in the birth of modern technology. In 1976, he founded Apple. And now as the technology is growing, Apple has produced several innovative products, including iPad and iPhone.

Although I myself heard his name -- especially after I became a techno lover -- just in a couple of years, I felt that I had lost an important person, an amazing human being.

However, unlike many techno geeks who express their condolence for Steve, free software leader Richard M. Stallman made controversial remarks on his political blog, saying that he is "not glad he's dead but I'm glad he's gone."

Stallman, who's famous for his unusual way of surfing the net without web browsers, is an anti-social, radical person. He also has controversial beliefs, especially when it comes to software.

To be frankly, I'm bothered by Stallman's remarks; he has gone too far with his comments on Jobs' death.

Here are the full comments of Stallman posted on his personal blog:

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.

Post your your voice here if you think Stallman's comments went too far.

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