An interview with John Siracusa, he of the incredibly thorough Apple reviews.
What’s interesting is the passive relationship between Apple and users. Apple does things and users either love them, hate them, or don’t notice. But whatever Apple does, the users have to live with. They have no control. It’s like watching TV. Siracusa has a lot of thoughts about Apple, but ultimately, no influence on its direction.
Linux, obviously, lets the user enter the fray a bit more. Even if you don’t have the programming skills to make the changes you want, you can usually find another piece of software or a desktop environment, that does what you need it to do.
I’m dating myself with this reference, but Linux is very much a Choose Your Own Adventure.