I am seeing this mentality more and more often in the computer world. Microsoft has been doing it for years, and now Google has started. I used to love Google, but my love is slipping away into the business world, becoming one of the ones I hate.
All these companys are getting lazy. They see something that could contain a few $$$ and they buy it up. Rather than trying to compete, which used to be what companys did. Now, they just buy out the competition, call it theirs, and then stop development on it.
This has been happening in the game world too. Look at the gaming giant EA. They bought out almost all of the good developers, took their games, produced crap under the games name, and let it sell. How can you be so greedy that you would ruin the very industry you are making money from?
I think that the only reason that Microsoft has not yet bought out Linux is because it isn't possible. They have done everything they can to spread doubt and fear of Linux.
This really has to stop. Competition is a good thing, it drives up usefulness, while driving down prices. Buying out, on the other hand, drives prices up and usefulness down.
This has been Rant #3 in the records of "Scoobert's FACE Rants". Please stay tuned for more soon.