Jul 12, 2010

Why everybody is picking on Flash ?

Lately Apple (AAPL) started a feud and has bad mouthing Flash, and many users are complaining that Flash is crashing their browser, that Flash is able to use their audio, or even webcam without consent.
Linux user are complaining that they can't use Flash (or don't have Flash pre-installed) and it's a pain.

Well, yes Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia) is a Adobe's monopole and unfortunately Adobe doesn't have a particular tendency to make their application slim and compact (err, I mean a 45 MB download for an application to read a PDF ?!).

Because Flash isn't open-source nobody else but Adobe can fix it when a security hole has been detected, and that is particularly tricky since Flash is the only application that run on Windows, Mac and Linux (a hacker's dream ...)


Today html5 is presented as a rival, a savior and a potential replacement for Adobe Flash...
But honestly, don't any Adobe's supporters worry ; it will take years for html5 to replace Flash, and a good competition can only be beneficial to improve Flash.

1 comment:

Mark J. said...

Google doesn't like Flash either because Flash websites can't be indexed properly by their crawlers...

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