Time to move on.
I always had a fascination with Apple machines. Actually, it might be more accurate to say I’ve had two stages of fascination with Apple machines: at a young age the Apple II and the Macintosh wowed me with what a holistic approach to personal computers could achieve.
Like many people, I couldn’t be bothered to care about whatever numerically-named beige boxes Apple churned out between Jobs’ ousting and his eventual return. The fruits of his NeXT experiment and a return to the Macintosh vision resulted in machines and an OS that I was enamored of, once again.
But behind the friendly UI, pretty much all along, Apple has not been anybody’s friend. Quite the opposite. And yesterday, Apple (along with the only other pragmatic alternative: Microsoft) laid their cards on the table by unleashing lawsuits against the Android operating system and smartphone makers.
Pretty much anybody who makes software or hardware could be a target of Apple’s wrath with such broad patents. As it happens, I make software. So it would appear that I am potentially Apple’s enemy, despite being an OS X and iOS user, and an iOS developer.
For the longest time, I made fun of FOSS advocates, participating in immature namecalling like “freetards”, thinking they were impractical and idealistic. But many recent events (e.g. this patent action and PRISM) have planted seeds of doubt.
I’ve changed my mind. I believe they are right. And I now understand a lot of what they have been advocating all along.
I don’t see any future with Apple that is compatible with these values. I believe that people have a fundamental right to free thought, imagination, and to freely invent. The patent system (specifically software patents) stands in opposition to those rights. The exercise of that system to this end is a direct violation of those rights.
I’m ditching any and all Apple products that I personally own, along with any Apple development activity, and encouraging anybody else to do the same.