Richard M. Stallman, the furry, neckbearded goat-god of the “free software movement,” offered this comment on Steve Jobs’ passing on his Web site:
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.
This is the same guy who eats his own toe-jam while lecturing people on the wonders of free software and heckles speakers who dare to speak in favor of products that Apple makes like developer and educator Fraser Speirs, creator of “The iPad Project,” a 1:1 iPad deployment in Scotland schools.
Stay classy, RMS. Don’t go changin’.