I'm no tech guy. I only understand about half of what is described in these threads by people obviously smarter than I am. But here's what I know:
1. I have never heard of this Adobe dude before this article was posted. I assume he is smart and well paid. OTHO, I've seen the Stevester on the cover of Time, on Fortune 500 lists, America's Most Admired, etc. etc. Who do I believe? Yeah, well, the weight of credibility to my naiive eye goes to the gentleman from Cuppertino.
2. I use Adobe products because I am forced to. I am not a tech guy - I am merely a consumer of content. I browse web pages, and sometimes download video. I would not choose flash if I had a choice. It seems I had to click some...thing...some...where...once and it made my mac able to read something I didn't really care about anyway. It sometimes makes my otherwise very dependable mac act...weird. Some annoying error message (not even from the mac system) I never get from any other place - flash script aborted or some foolishness. Just from experience, if given a "flash" and "non-flash" button on my screen, I pick the latter, mostly because flash has never given me any reason to want to use it. If I have to use it, I suppose I will, but I have yet to run across anything on any computer, anywhere, that I can't live without. Those that create this content clearly have other agendas, but I will leave that to them.
3. Like most of the world, I am forced to use pdfs. I don't really object, but my mac now has "Preview" that handles them. The Adobe Acrobat stuff...is just odd, unituitive, and in places very annoying. Using Adobe products reminds me of working on windows machines, and that is an overall frustrating experience. Don't know how many times I've looked at my windows box my employer insists I use and said, "if you were a mac, I'd be done by now." Then I reboot, call IT, wait, reinstall etc etc...eventually it sort of works. Like dealing with windows, I feel the need to take a shower when I am done with them.
4. I'm not digging Adobe Digital Editions.
5. OTOH, I have personally used macs continually from about 1993. Love them, never had a problem, never lost data to one's failure. I can't say that about the other devices in my life. I've lots of iPods, really like my iPhone, although it is admittedly a extravagance. My Apple TV had one hiccup, and the iTunes customer service fixed it within a day. In short, I've never, ever had a problem with an Apple device. Ever. This is diametrically opposed to every windows machine and every adobe product I've ever been exposed to. Fanboy? OK. Guilty. I like girls too.
6. iPad. I really like mine. It is a $500 toy. The "work" I do on it is very cursory, and never intensive, so that is merely an excuse to justify having a toy. It is really cool, but like all toys, I suppose I could go without. But hey, I sent $500 to Cuppertino, and Adobe, (I think they are even based fairly close to where I live in Seattle) AFAIK, has never received a payment from me. I'm not their customer, and don't plan to be. If they'd make Something Cool, I might be. Mr. Adobe here isn't inspiring me. I didn't see him do "oh..one more thing..." that made me go, "cool! I wonder if they'll take my visa for that?"
Just my experience. All first person, and am staying away from the obvious vitriol found on these threads. Peace.