I think the "Roaring Silence" and the presence of an "Elephant in the Room" is probably your answer?
Certainly the Adobe flunkies that frequent and control these forums are conspicuous by their often rude and patronising responses (a good thing).
One thing I have learned ... and quite quickly... is that if you want any help or a straight answer forget these forums!
You are correct in that it is "another turn of the screw" Adobe have nearly established a monopoly and perhaps might benefit investigation by the Monopolies Commisions in various countries? They certainly are less customer centric and more corporate as the years go by.
However until a viable alternative/s arise we are stuck. A massive opportunity for someone to challenge though? You would then see Adobe change their tune.
Cue Adobe flunkies response .................... Lol