Well one thing's for sure, I won't be updating my MacMini from Mountain Lion to Yosemite or El Capitan. It's enough of a closed system as it is, but at least with Mountain Lion I can customise things to better suit my personal want and needs. Yosemite and El Capitan are such closed shops [read walled gardens] and reading the comments below the article it looks like Apple will lose OS market share as more and more users migrate away from OS-X to Linux or Windows.
I don't mind using my OS-X machine, and it does have some nice features, but I'm predominantly on Windows for the greater freedom it gives me.... though, given Microsoft's 'let's get rid of this and stop that' attitude of late, I have to wonder how much longer that greater freedom will last.
I think days of the PC [read PERSONAL computer] are numbered, and that operating systems from both Apple and Microsoft will be walled gardens with little to no user input. Yes, we'll be able to surf the net, upload videos and photos, even edit them, but beyond that there won't be much left for users to tinker wiith no more or barely there skinning/customisation.
As it is, MS began phasing out Win 32 and phasing in phone-like apps with Windows 8, and with Windows 10 that has progressed further, what with that gaudy looking start menu that's riddled with app crap. Yes, we still have Control Panel, but with the 'Settings" app gaining traction it may not have much longer to go. Now Microsoft says that many of its changes are for security reasons, for our benefit, but really, are they? Or are the changes what's best for Microsoft?
In most cases I believe it's the latter, but sadly, most users just cop it sweet and not enough complain... hence, MS just does what it wants and we all have to suffer decisions not necessarily to our liking. So maybe Fuzzy is right, though probably not from a Stardockian point of view, and customisation is an extinction level event. I'd like to think not, but MS does hold the reigns as to what we can and can't do.... maybe save the odd workaround here and there.