I think it's a kernel thing too. At least, Linus concedes it is, but argues that they can just rely on faster processors and more memory, which I think is a bad design philosophy. Even "small footprint" distros seem waaay too sluggish today.
Disagree. And I'm an apple hater. As obnoxious as it is, the strategy of steal-and-market will probably continue to sustain them as social climbers in the developing world look for prestige. So even when the beanie-and-Arcade Fire crowd runs out of trust fund money they will be replaced.
Exactly! All it does it take naturally talented people who could be doing something important and significant and turn them to doing something as boring as making money. Who needs space exploration and cancer research when you can get rich off making an Uber for dogsitting or the Nth Pandora clone.