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All out war on Adobe? - Brett Morgan
All out war on Adobe?
There is an interesting thing happening in the browser space at the moment under the rubric of HTML5 video. Both Apple and Google are pushing H.264, which is causing some friction. Firstly, here is John Gruber, aka Daring Fireball, talking about how flash video sucks on OSX and why he thinks Apple's iTablet will ship sans flash. And here's Christopher Blizzard talking about why FireFox won't support the H.264 encoding for patent reasons.

Reading between the lines, it looks to me like Google and Apple have both decided it's time to evict flash from the web. Once YouTube switches over to by-default html5 video flash loses the network effect that has kept it on everyone's desktop and laptop. Heck, even just having iPhones sans flash was enough of a network effect loss to have some of my previous employers to switch their previously flash/flex webapps to pure html/ajax sites. Add in YouTube not forcing flash updates, and flash disappears from the market in a haze of version skew.

One of the things I am toying with at the moment is the potential for building a replacement for flash application authoring based on SVG. These thoughts have been inspired by Gordon: An open source Flash™ runtime written in pure JavaScript.

Interesting times.
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thorfinn From: thorfinn Date: February 2nd, 2010 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It's about bloody time - I read AusCERT. A quite significantly noticeable proportion of the Remote Exploit vulnerabilities are to do with Adobe software.
domesticmouse From: domesticmouse Date: February 2nd, 2010 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
It always gets interesting when the big boys start playing vote someone off the island.
thorfinn From: thorfinn Date: February 3rd, 2010 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, well, in this case, well deserved. Adobe have been playing musclebound thickhead for far too long. :-)
domesticmouse From: domesticmouse Date: February 3rd, 2010 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Adobe is the only player in the market making tools that designers and artists can use, so i'm intrigued to see if they drop back to being just tooling for html5, or if something else is going to happen. Adobe started moving in the direction of integrating into the open source stack, eg the tracing jit in firefox is derived from flash's actionscript3 runtime.

(might as well treat adobe as a single entity, eh?)

Edited at 2010-02-03 04:31 am (UTC)
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