Auernheimer, aka Weev, a hacker who was convicted of hacking AT&T’s iPad customer information service and sentenced to 41 months in prison. Since June, he has sent TechCrunch two other essays from prison, “The Tiger And The Cicada” and “State Machinery For State Machines.”
The first smartphone I owned was a Nokia Communicator, which I chose because the C++ dev kit gave me the most freedom. When the iPhone appeared I did not switch, because mandatory App Store signing to execute code seemed like a major step in the war on general computation. Eventually I rid myself of Nokia and got an Android acting upon a moral imperative.
Many hackers adhere to the ideology of Richard Stallman. We believe that the use of free software (that is software whose source can be viewed, altered and distributed by all of its users) is morally advantageous. We subject ourselves to “inferior” platforms in exchange for more liberty. Android is not free software, but has many free software components, so it is the most free for the time being.