On the essence of the OSFlash wiki,
recent events and related thoughts.Was: Re: [osflash] Flash8 link
removed again ??
ncannasse at motion-twin.com
Sat Jul 16 00:38:42 PDT 2005
> Hi John,
> > The essence of a wiki is group editing.
> Granted, but this does not mean that we cannot be civilized. If you feel
> the need to delete something, talk it over on the list first. Someone
> else might have an equally valid reason for keeping it on and, whenever
> possible, this wiki will support the open exploration, discovery and
> sharing of information in line with the very spirit of the open source
> movement. To this end, I take a wide view of open source: The wiki is
> not just a resource listing open source projects and supporting them but
> also an open source resource itself, with the tutorials, information,
> tips, tricks, hacks, etc. that already fill its pages and will hopefully
> continue to do so (all of which are released under a Creative Commons
Nicely said Aral.
I will add that OSFlash is also about freedom of information. Pattents, NDA,
lawsuit threats, ... are today common ways for big companies to protect
their business. Such behaviors are preventing small companies and
individuals to access to a good level of information on technologies, and
then are preventing innovation and new ideas from being developped or
spreading. Trying to restrict the sharing of information is really a shame
for humanity and scientific spirit, and the opensource movement is a good
answer to that. It's not about evangelism of a particular view, it's just
that OS people are sure that by sharing more information and enabling more
people to access a given technology, you are enforcing this technology and
not weakening it.
What's happenning with MTASC already supporting Flash 8 could be see as
eventually threatening the businness model of Macromedia that is selling the
IDE and having a free Player, but since most people might not be aware of
MTASC, or doesn't know/want-to learn how to use it, they will still see the
beautiful demos that we're producing and this will create an even bigger
hype around Flash 8.
As Aral, I feel proud to be part of the OSFlash community as I'm able to
meet great people making great things and taking some of their time to help
each other. My company don't get once eurocent of money back when I'm
working on MTASC, but still they think it's a nice piece of work. It's not
about money here, I just do feel better when I'm coming back home at night
and can think that some part of my work today might help people. I feel I'm
doing the right thing, that the whole OSFlash community people are doing the
right thing, and that we're heading the right way.
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