I've been dumbfounded by how a renowned company like HP, and a company in the printer business, can make such an unbelievable piece of *#(&*@%(*&@@ software that their scanpro or what not is. It's like using a Model-T, with careful nudges, and coaxing, and a few crash/reboots later, I am able to scan my expenses. And before that, HP was great for hiding it's drivers, so while I had an ancient but reliable LaserJet III, I could only get it working under Linux. I was once able to find the Windows drivers, but after a crash of my system, and a restore, I was unable to get it working again (more on Windows crashes later).
And to the chap who said - don't buy a mac, well, I bought a mac out of similar frustration with the outlandish piece of equal *#(*#&@ that Microsoft sold called Windows ME.
So in my opinion, you take two companies that make second-rate, sloppy software, and you will get a combined company that makes second-rate, sloppy software, and that's if everything works out and their cultures don't clash, creating worse problems.
Yes, yes, MSFT redeemed itself with 2000/XP, (Vista? uh, no) 7 ain't that bat (git and rails runs on it ok), and yes, Word is ok, not bad at all sometimes, but if customers are treated with such disregard, it sure makes it easier to switch to Linux or the Mac.
Thinking that the Mac App Store indicates that Mac OS X will become closed like iOS is like saying that bringing Pages to iOS indicates they are going to open that system.
No, not at all. The parent has a good point. It's really reading the news releases verbatim i.e. when apple states something like "all updates/software installs will be done via iTunes/App Store", well, one really has to wonder. Is there a clause in there that says "homebrew/macports/git" will still function? Sure, there would be outcry, Microsoft used this tactic to test the waters, big enough fuss and they'd relent. But these days, with Apple deprecating Java, many in the Java world are puzzled. And then on top of that Oracle vs. Apache vs. Google vs. JCP. And maybe that's good. At this point, if there's no Java on the Mac, as DHH puts it "Meh". But not so with other stuff, yes there would be an outcry alright, you betcha.
"What if" is a trademark of Hewlett Packard, so stop using it in your sentences without permission, or risk being sued.