At first glance of Richard Stallman, and you may think that he has just returned after a five year stay on a deserted island. But don’t let his image fool the innovative personality hidden inside of him. He has received a lot of heat from the press for his most recent comments in regards to the passing of Steve Jobs, claiming that “Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died” (Caulfield 2011 p.1) . Stallman has been recognized as one of the leaders in the free software movement, as well as the creator of the computer operating system GNU. At the core of Stallman’s ideas is “a form of sharing and mutual aid that is common inside an community or corporation, but not between organizations” (Brewster 2011 p.1). Stallman sees that society is heading in a completely wrong direction, as it makes strides in the technological world. He has become a firm believer that licensing and cloud computing will enable big corporations to dictate the path for the average person.
Even though Stallman approaches the technological future with extremist ideas, you cannot help, but find them somewhat appealing, especially the ease with which improvements to software could be made. Technology has made great strides up to this day, and many people have benefited from these new changes, but should people be afraid of where the future is going? Stallman has some reason to believe that. While many might disagree with his ideas, at least it’ll give them the option to choose their own future path, which may lead to deleting their Google account.