Originally Posted by bwik
Interesting slur. I suppose because S Jobs is an American, we can gloat about our national cleverness.
Well, I'm not even American, so I'm not trying to gloat at all. And I really could care less about the comings and goings of corporate entities - they have no intrinsic value in my world other than providing a means for technological creativity and innovation (where my real interest lies) to be distributed to the world.
My appreciation for Mr. Jobs only comes from the fact that, unlike the CEOs of most corporate entities, he truly does seem to share the same passion for the products Apple creates as the people actually creating them do (as opposed to spending too much time worrying about the major shareholders' blind interest in financial details). This, combined with his hands-on approach and keen sense of the details that make brilliant products, seems to be what motivates the people designing the products to do their best work -- because it's actually getting appreciated and turned into real products (that and I'm sure the stock options help a bit too).
If, when Mr Jobs departs Apple, they revert back to their 1990s form where R&D takes a backseat to shareholders' bank accounts, then I will look for the next corporate entity that's puts technological innovation, creativity, and quality first (and not just in a corporate slogan).
And yes, I've worked on a number of open source projects, so I understand the value of open technology. Heck, I use a Linux system to run my home network because it's infinitely configurable and extensible (which is ideal for an ever-changing network). However, because my main interest is in technological innovation and quality, I don't exclude all possible sources of it (corporate, academia, or wherever).