After the death of Steve Jobs Richard Stallman has said some somewhat callous things about Jobs and Apple and how they have us in “digital handcuffs”.
When we purchase a piece of Apple hardware or software, we must accept a EULA before we use it. It’s pretty standard in the proprietary world to put measures in place to restrict a user’s use of the product. I am pretty confident that hundreds of users click “accept” every day without reading such a license , let alone understanding it.
I have fallen in to this trap too, what “freedoms” am I signing away to Apple? Over the next few weeks I’m going to sit down and read the EULA for Mac OS X Lion, iTunes, and iOS 5. Am I really happy with signing these “freedoms” away?