[osflash] Introducing myself and my project.
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Fri Mar 20 00:01:20 PST 2009
----- Original Message -----
From: "Muzak" <p.ginneberge at telenet.be>
To: "Open Source Flash Mailing List" <osflash at osflash.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [osflash] Introducing myself and my project.
> Well put..
> And if it wasn't for the "non-open-source-but-free" flash player we
> wouldn't even be here.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Glen Pike" <postmaster at glenpike.co.uk>
> To: "Open Source Flash Mailing List" <osflash at osflash.org>
> Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 11:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [osflash] Introducing myself and my project.
>> So what if FP is not open source. It still works on many flavours of
>> Linux and a generally works out of the box a lot better than an awful lot
>> of open source software. It was easy to install - I downloaded the
>> binary and did not have to spend hours compiling and resolving dependency
>> issues left right and centre unlike my latest Lamp upgrade on Gentoo or
>> my SVN setup on Ubuntu. Admittedly, there are a few issues with 64 bit
>> and the myriad of Linux flavours, but these are being worked on...
>> Adobe's FP on our Linux boxes at work was the only player I could get
>> working properly with the requirement of our projects - and that was with
>> AS1 / AS2 code. Admittedly, I am not a sysadmin guru, but I prefer decent
>> doc's and help over obscure chatrooms and mailing lists any time and like
>> to get on with the work of creating nice Flash things rather than fanny
>> around all day with software that does not work out of the box. Saying
>> that, the install/update process for Linux distro's is getting better and
>> the Ubuntu support infrastructure is a great example of OS goodness, so
>> kudos to the developers who are working on improving all this stuff.
>> But... Strk's point highlights a big problem I keep encountering with OS
>> software including Linux - too much hair splitting and not enough GTD.
>> If people want an open source flash player, they should stop moaning
>> about x, y & z and write one. Or bite the bullet and use the one that's
>> free - in monetary terms. I know which path I would take from a
>> time=money perspective. I am not saying that Open Source is a bad
>> thing - I think it's great and I try/hope to contribute in various ways
>> to the system, but I also have to do my job, be efficient and help my
>> company & me earn money / put food on the table. At the end of my day,
>> if there is spare time, I will often try and give something back
>> somewhere, but I can't look the gift horse in the mouth for too long,
>> hence my choice to use Flash.
>> Adobe's FP may be restricted by a license, but how many times do you
>> actually read a license when you install the software? How many end
>> users actually give a toss about the license? Do you really think Adobe
>> are going to pull the plug on all these people because they are flouting
>> their rules in principle? I think that would be a very bad business move
>> from anyone's perspective. Fair enough, if someone is making loads of
>> money out of their product without licensing it properly, but then people
>> doing that probably have the resources to write their own player.
>> Besides, AS3 has been out for ages, so how come Gnash does not support it
>> yet :)
>> And believe me, I would switch from Windows in a second if I could get
>> PhotoShop, Flash & Cool Edit working on Linux because I hate Gimp &
>> Audacity and I don't believe there is a Flash IDE equivalent for Linux
>> yet, but I maybe wrong.
>> Sorry to rant, I don't mean to be offensive, but I am passionate about
>> Flash and even though the player is not Open Source, there is a ton of OS
>> stuff going on around it which is good.
>> Glen Pike
The open source built what is Internet today, not Microsoft or whatever....
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