i have been wondering lately about something which is by nature conjecture and unknowable. still, i would be interested in what others think. the issue of apple's market position can be bolstered by so much data on both sides of the argument that it's impossible to know where apple will be in 5-10 yrs. but i think there is no question that apple is in a precarious position. articles of ms' continuing expansion of their dominance, risc vs. cisc issues, ibm vs. moto, etc etc. everyone probably has an opinion of apple and where it's headed. for myself, i have decided that i'm old enough, and computers came into my life late enough that i could probably live without them. therefore (being a bit of a mac zealot), if the day ever comes when i can't have my mac, i might well choose to go without, or at the very least with anything but ms and windows, if only out of stubborness. while that has lead to my recent musings, that's not my question. more specifically it is this: if that day comes when there is nothing else for apple but to close the doors and turn off the lights, and we would all seemingly stand at the precipice of losing our mac world, what do you think the chances are that before they reach for the light switch, the very last thing apple would do is open the vault and release all their code to the public domain? everything apple in the open source developers world. we wouldn't have apple corp. anymore, but we would have all that made us go with apple. just musings, but i'd be interested in what others think. am i an idiot, or is this the saving grace of apple's precarious position? is this the ultimate source of comfort to those of us who actually (and stupidly) worry about that diminishing market share?