I just read a little something by Grant Skinner and what I don’t get is whyÂ not open source the player if it’s such a head ache for Adobe that some people make it seem? BecauseÂ of course its profitable not to. See if it was open source there wouldÂ be a LOT more “respect” throwed around than when you essentially lockÂ your customers in and dont give them a choice. This is why I am frustrated with Adobe as with many other companies that has any formÂ of monopoly, a history thereof or are part of an ogliopoly. This is why customers usedÂ to (and a lot still) dislike Microsoft, AT&T, Vattenfall,Â ComCast and even my own employer Telia.
This is why I dig companies such as MindTouch and others that have anÂ open source core with Enterprise options/closed source built around it, and has a product that generates an output built in standardsÂ readable by all (in MindTouch case XML/XHTML).
To say that Adobe deserve respect and so on is true, all human beingsÂ deserve respect (plus Photoshop kicks ass…even though they are really bloating down their CS). To say that Adobe deserves CREDIT for being businessÂ savvy, buying up sweet IP, developing this IP and making good decions toÂ get where they are now is equally true. But we are all doing them a HUGEÂ favor by bitching and moaning. This all helps to give rise toÂ popular opinion and in the end – options. For Adobe, just like with any other company that gets negative attention from its customers, it becomesÂ crystal – it’s do or die time. And yes, everyone using a Flash Player IS a customer.
In the end I think Apple are actually doing the web as a tool for communication a favor by NOTÂ including support for a closed prop. system that isÂ A) WIDELY misused and B) aÂ resource hog that for me in 90% of the time is making my browserÂ blink, pop and crackle when I don’t want it too (ads). And I really couldn’t care less about Flash games.
To say that a user can uninstall Flash on their workstation/laptop if they don’t like it..wellÂ that’s kind of childish, that’s like me not getting any electricityÂ from a company I dislike – see I can’t.. because I like hot showers .. just like to watch embedded web video. But believe me when thoseÂ video sites go full frontal HTML5, my Flash player will go the same way MacromediaÂ Shockwave player did a long time ago. Or maybe I won’t, maybe things will shape up and they will kick ass. Just look at what their doing with Flash 5 and converting AS to IPA.
Anyway. I don’t mind the “i-platform”, here I do get a choice because companies are FORCED toÂ open up and build more effecient no-nonsense ways to deliver HQ video.Â And it doesn’t really matter if it’s Android or Iphone OS, you can betÂ your ass they will reuse those HQ streams in fast, efficient nativeÂ apps for those platforms.