I concur with the general sentiment - and did long before reading this thread, too. Wasn’t happy even before I read the new article I saw on Google News this morning.
In my mind (which is fairly radical in some areas), “consolidation” and big business aren’t good no matter how you look at it. Admittedly a pretty blanketing statement, but in a lot of cases I think it’s true. Look at all the cons that Dittohead pointed out. Adobe owning Macromedia doesn’t bode well for the products or our wallets. I’d patronize mom-and-pop stores over Walmart any day, even tho they might be more expensive - the problem is that Walmart has pushed them right out of the market. When one company starts getting too much of the pie, there’s trouble.
And while Adobe doesn’t have complete control over all market areas (there’s still some competition from Apple, as far as I can tell), buying out Macromedia just ain’t great, in my book. Keep products separate - it prevents monopolies, if nothing else!
-A happily diehard GIMP/Blender/OpenOffice/Firefox user. Long live opensource.