+1. Microsoft might be a monopoly, but I find Apple to be a lot scarier... and a lot more closed.
This is really kind of odd, and I'm truly surprised that there isn't more outrage at Apple.
With Microsoft, they really wanted to control the *platform* and make some of their tools the defaults.
With Apple, they have always controlled:
1) The platform
2) The hardware
3) The defaults
Which is far more "evil" than Microsoft ever was. At any point in time. And nobody ever said anything about it. Ever. Are people blind? Because it sure seems like the "oooh, that's shiny" factor in Apple has blinded a lot of people.
But now, Apple is controlling (or trying to control) access to the platform and all sales on the platform.
Controlling access and sales. It deserves repetition.
Who's really evil?
But as soon as there's big financial interest involved, and considering censorship and the license terms Apple enforces on the iPhone App store - ugh. And there's rumors that apple might be removing Flash and Java support for OS X...
I hope karma comes back to bite them.
In the end, it's just another step towards Apple absolute control over their own products.
Looks like the lines of battle are starting to get drawn.
In *this* corner wearing the "CLOSED/PROPRIETARY" silks: IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, RIAA, and the MPAA...with Novell watching intently from the sidelines!
And in *this* corner: Just about everything and everybody else - including the consumers.
I don't know if IBM, Oracle and Microsoft really live up to the level of villainy of Apple, the RIAA and the MPAA, but yeah... Pretty much.
I am SOOOOO rooting for Novell. At the moment, they are so underrated and they're doing so much good. Go Mono~!
On second thought, it's kind of like a battle royale... Throw Google in there as well.