Apple’s Market Cap Passes Dell’s

Om Malik is offering a more in-depth perspective of this event being mused about on Slashdot, and Nicholas Carr’s blog among a few places:

Perhaps the “commoditized” technology trend is being slowly replaced by “using commoditized technology to create a compelling user experience” trend? [ Read ]

Om Malik and Nicholas Carr offer interesting counterpoints to the typical nay-sayer rhetoric arguing Apple’s doom in light of its “closed platform” …

… built on-top of open-source software.

Thanks to the dynamics of open-source software, many of Apple’s key achievements, and, one might argue, Apple itself, couldn’t die if it tried to. This ought to hold true regardless of market capitalization or market share.