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I think we should say "thanks" to swfdec and gnash for Adobe Flash.
Posted Oct 16, 2008 20:57 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
Remember: JDK was opened when GCJ and other free Java compilers almost
reached parity in features. Likewise Adobe Flash will be opened once swfdec
and/or ghash will be usable for most web sites... if it'll ever happen.
Posted Oct 16, 2008 21:03 UTC (Thu) by mrshiny (subscriber, #4266)
Posted Oct 16, 2008 21:22 UTC (Thu) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
Posted Oct 16, 2008 22:34 UTC (Thu) by gmaxwell (subscriber, #30048)
In any case: "It's the authoring tools stupid". The fact that the official client is closed helps prolong the authoring empire only slightly. Even if a working and complete client becomes Free Software workable authoring will only be available to those who fork serious bucks for a long time to come. These problems remain even if flash is somehow cleared of its dependence on patented codecs.
The Web standards have caught up with most of what flash can do: SVG, Canvas, Video, Audio, fast JS engines, etc. Unfortunately, you can only use those things if you target the few aggressively standards following browsers. Thank you IE. :(
Posted Oct 17, 2008 11:09 UTC (Fri) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
So perhaps there should be a plugin to make IE standard compliant..
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