Merger = death.
Originally Posted by fxspec06
We aren't in a strong enough of a position to dictate the rules, so in a case like this, we'll all get walked over. First up will be the Homebrew community. Sorry.
If you remember Microsoft, in the mid-'90s they've bought up software companies that catered to Mac OS, just to deprive Apple userbase of quality software. Hug of death. Buying so you can kill, and any useful IP is just a bonus.
What we need more is standardized blocks of technology, which interface with software and services... and having those as open source, with open specifications/standards. By that i mean Dalvik/ACL, Firefox-like WebAPI, various data connectors as a part of Synergy (virtual drives, email, calendar, twitter, etc, ad infinitum)
We already use WebKit (needs to be updated), already have Linux as the underlying layer, and those are open technologies that we can benefit from... there's Qt as well. We can adopt other common open technologies and keep going, rather than being squeezed out and thrown away by an oppressive corporate management.
Just my two cents