Bray was a co-founder of Open Text Corporation, co-developer of the XML standard, and was Director of Web Technologies for Sun Microsystems.
He said that the iPhone vision of the mobile Internet’s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what.
“It’s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord’s pleasure and fear his anger,” Bray wrote.
Bray said that even though the iPhone hardware and software are great, you have to sacrifice freedom to own the gear.
“Apple apparently thinks you can have the benefits of the Internet while at the same time controlling what programs can be run and what parts of the stack can be accessed and what developers can say to each other,” he said,.
Having said all that, he said that Apple builds some great open platforms. He said he’d been a happy buyer of its computing systems for some years now and, despite his current irritation, will probably go on using them.
He said that the strength of his convictions was such that he changed his job to fight the firm but would remain a loyal Apple customer and support Steve Jobs with his cash.
Sheesh, with convictions like that, you are really going to change the world.