Free Software Foundation On Apple

I don’t like Apple for a number of reasons:“Keep a tally of how many reviews you read today mention that Apple threatens anyone who dares attempt installing another operating system like Android on their Apple phone or watch with criminal prosecution under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Keep a tally of how many reviews mention that Apple devices won’t allow you to install any unapproved applications, again threatening you with jail time if you attempt to do so without Apple’s blessing. Keep a tally of how many reviews highlight Apple’s use of software patents and an army of lawyers to attack those developing a more free computing environment than theirs.”

  • suing Samsung and others over rounded corners…
  • restricting use of their software to their hardware, using Copyright to enforce bundling, which I generally see as evil,
  • selling hardware similar to everyone else’s and claiming it is superior even while made in the same factories in China… and
  • anal-retentive secrecy, hype, and scary management style while pretending to be laid-back “creatives”.

I thought my list was good enough to cross Apple off my “good folks” list but FSF does even better, attacking Apple for DRM and other nonsense and restricting use of hardware they sell to people. What nonsense!

Good! Apple deserves to be smacked. Too bad governments and courts aren’t doing their job to protect consumers.

See Free Software Foundation statement on the new iPhone, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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3 Responses to Free Software Foundation On Apple

  1. kurkosdr says:

    Also, don’t blame the tech “journalists”. They have to write lip-service articles, or they ‘ll lose the ability to get “previews”, tickets to conferences or ad revenue.

    It’s the same reason why big gaming websites don’t review games from big publishing houses for less than 7. And then they vent their spleen on games from smaller houses, which get 5.5s and 6s, even if they are equal or better.

    Unless there is some transparency regarding previews, tickets to conferences and ad purchases, all tech “articles” are only for entertainment value.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    ” Too bad governments and courts aren’t doing their job to protect consumers.”

    They aren’t consumers, they are customers.

  3. ram says:

    You don’t have to search very hard to find Apple’s USD 1000+ tablets are available for USD 33 (or less) in wholesale quantities — the only thing they are missing is the Apple logo and Apple’s awkward proprietary software. Apple is not a technology or a computer company, they are a FASHION company — up there with silly expensive watches, handbags, perfume, and other fashion accessories. If they can convince mullets to part with their money, let them. They cause less harm than casinos and tabacco companies.

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