[osflash] Stop being Windows-oriented!
kp at bit-101.com
Wed Jan 16 07:05:25 PST 2008
Not sure how much this has to do with OSFlash, but I'll bite.
From a business viewpoint, does it make sense for Adobe to invest
massive amounts into porting all their apps to Linux? What percent of
people actually use Linux as their main OS? 3% maybe. It's not just a
matter of flipping a switch and squirting out a Linux version of
Flash. It's as much, if not more effort than creating a PC and Mac
version (more flavors of *nix, have to make sure it works in all of
Now, you could make the same argument about the Mac, which is
something like 9 or 10% maybe? But then you realize that probably 95%
of Mac users have multiple Adobe products installed. How many Linux
users would install a CS3 suite, an expensive, closed source software,
the antithesis of many Linux user's mindset?
Anyway, in terms of "Adobe should start thinking about porting its
software to the *nix platform! ", they have been thinking about it and
working on it for years. I'm sure that as Linux numbers start to rise,
which they will, it will become even more viable for Adobe to look
into this, but like it or not, they are a business, and have a bottom
line to think about. They are not going to invest massive resources
into something that is going to have negligible returns.
kp at bit-101.com
On Jan 16, 2008, at 9:37 AM, Marcelo de Moraes Serpa wrote:
> We want freedom and high quality software. Flash, the platform and
> the tools (provided by Adobe and former Macromedia) are high-quality
> software. Before I start to argue on the point of this message, I
> would like to say that I have nothing against Windows. I used to be
> a happy XP user for a long time, using Flash IDE and other great
> dev. tools available to it. However, when you expand your
> intellectual horizons you want more, you inexorably pursuits freedom.
> Linux (and other *nix systems) used to be a myth to me. Not anymore.
> After being hooked by the Ubuntu fever, I started going deeper into
> the architecture of the POSIX systems and found out the true meaning
> of freedom and power.
> Linux/*nix as a desktop environment has come a long way in the last
> few years. It is currently in a state that it is truly a rival to MS
> As a Flash lover and deseloper, I ask you "stop being Windows-
> oriented"... if you don't know Linux yet, take some time to look
> into it, you'll be amazed.
> Flash (the development tools) should detach itself from Windows and
> start being transparent on the platforms it supports.
> Linux has a great potential to be the next-gen. creative platform.
> Adobe should start thinking about porting its software to the *nix
> I'm currently still using XP only becouse of this (Flash IDE,
> Photoshop, etc). For everything else (even pure AS coding, which I
> use Eclipse+FDT) I use Linux. Macs are a good alternative to
> windows, but I don't sympathize with their philosophies and its way
> too expensive, maybe someday.
> What do you think?
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