>Well I think it swings both ways, it's more and more obvious that you don't really control any closed source operating system, you pretty much must have security patches and everything else comes along for the ride and increasingly it can't be configured or disabled. That's the way of iOS, Android, Win10, they're trying to push that model on Win7/8, I'm not sure about OS X but they're probably not far behind. If you want control, you want Linux (or some other open source OS). That said, most people don't felt they were in control at all. By making Apple/Google/Microsoft the gatekeeper, they trust just one source instead of any random exe from the Internet. Same way most people want the CA system instead of messing with peer-to-peer trust. Because when they don't understand - and they won't understand, no matter how much you try to teach them - they end up trusting something or someone.
True. But there's no connection between getting signed patches from Apple/Microsoft/Google and it being FOSS. You can have both. The only reason to lock down a platform so that users can't mess with it *if they want to* is control and money. Taking control away from users and putting it in the hands of A/M/G instead. On cell phones this was justified by the subsidies that cell phone carriers would pay - a carrier wouldn't want someone to buy a subsidized cell phone from them and then switch carriers (notwithstanding that this could just be enforced by ETFs and the like), so cell phones were locked down to remove root access to them. And because cell phones were, tablets have followed along, since tablets are just cell phones with larger screens.
Google does the minimum to be compliant to the GPL, and Apple and Microsoft barely even pretend. Windows 10 is a disaster for many reasons, but the biggest one to me is that it has finally removed the notion that the owner of a computer is, you know, the owner. Who can modify it to fit his needs as he wishes. Now you're just a user, and even with administrative privileges there are things you will not be allowed to do inside the OS. It's the biggest piece of shit move from the FOSS perspective that the world has ever seen.
The saddest thing that can ever be said is that Stallman was right again.