So wow, who knew a post about open sourcing the Flash Player would get people so riled up? My ZDNet commenters are riled, Ajaxian mentioned it, and I even got a link from Ted Patrick. polyGeek even sent a big lighting bolt my way
So here’s the thing, does having the Flash Player open sourced make my life better? No. Does it make the developer community any better?
No not necessarily. Is me rambling about open source Flash in a blog post going to make anyone’s life better? HELL No. But I learned a lot from Ted Leung about how open source works, and Adobe is becoming a very open company. It’s things like Tamarin, but its also stuff like how open they’re being with Apollo (not to mention contributing to WebKit) and the plans for Flex 3. The great thing about Adobe is how good they are at listening and talking with people.
A lot of people use Ajax partly because it’s based on open standards and the technologies behind it are generally open source. I’m not an Ajax fan, and I think we all know that. I’m always looking for ways to get Ajax developer into the Flex fold, so any conversation that helps that is one I think has value. My post didn’t really do that, but I think it got people talking, which is all it was supposed to do. And hopefully people learned something about open source in the process. The governance issue was something I didn’t understand at all, so I wanted to talk about those issues in the context of Flash Player.
I’m not being baptized into the church of open source, I’m not sharpening my XULRunner skills, I just wanted to throw ideas around and engage some influential people (like Ted, or the guys at RedMonk) about how Flash can be more open and bring in more developers. Open sourcing it is not the answer, just something to add to the conversation.
Oh, and also talking about Open Source Flash always gets a lot of page views. (kidding)
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