Will a world dominated by Google with more power than the combined power of the firms they displace be better or worse than it is now? That will depend on Google, but clearly companies that achieved a fraction of that kind of power in the past (do no evil policies aside) have not handled it well, and I doubt Google will either. Because inside the search giant are people, many of whom came from the same companies that had issues when they dominated their respective segments.
But, and here is the kicker, if Google wins as they intend, Open Source effectively is dead in much of the market as is Free (as in Free Speech) Software. In other words Google will define what you get and dont get and they likely will define much of what you see as well. Granted much will be Free, as in Free Beer, but I wonder if the cost of this Free will be more than any of us now intend to pay. You could call this collateral damage.
Is OSS Inadvertently Killing the Software Job Market in Developed Nations?
Or, put a different way, should part of the mission for OSS advocates be to assure the incomes of those who code? With a heavy focus on Free as in Free Beer, and folks like Richard Stallman driving the movement, who dont believe people should make money, there would appear to be a connection to declining incomes that I think we have all observed that goes beyond economics, because it speaks directly to the human resources focused on Open Source.
Back in 80s and 90s the value of software, and the compensation for those who wrote it, were tied to marketing and sales organizations which, when successful, maintained or increased the related prices, thus providing funding for programmer salaries. But, in the Open Source world, companies like Red Hat dont generate enough cash to attract top sales people and have no budget for marketing, at least not to the level a firm like Google does, and Google redefines marketing because they increasingly choose the ads you see.
In addition, those that have adopted Open Source generally find line managers focused like a laser, not on getting down hardware or software cost (which is already as low as it can go, and you cant get blood out of a stone), but on getting down labor cost, resulting in off-shoring or foreign labor being brought in at discount rates. There really is nothing to support the compensation for OSS developers like there generally is in the proprietary world.