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[News] Adobe Fights Against FLOSS

Adobe bashes open-source alternatives

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| It's well and good to look at things from the user's perspective, but in this 
| case it leads to a false dichotomy. Loiacono appears to be considering only 
| outside open-source alternatives such as Inkscape or the Gimp.  
| There's nothing technological stopping Adobe from releasing software that's 
| both open-source as well as integrated and easy to use. But it's misleading 
| to point to the shortcomings of others' open-source software as a reason why 
| Adobe shouldn't open-source its own.    



For Adobe, a tough lesson in (open-source) diplomacy

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| The brouhaha had to be painful for Adobe, a community-friendly company that 
| likes to think of itself as a kinder, gentler outfit than arch-rival 
| Microsoft . But here Adobe was, accused of using its overwhelming position in 
| PDF software to make money at the expense of smaller companies -- the very 
| sort of behavior that earned Microsoft a bad rap in Silicon Valley.    


Making Gnash: a well-deserved name?

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| Gnash is the Free Software Foundation’s alternative Adobe Flash player. 
| Version 0.8 is the third alpha release, and frankly, it rocks! It is 
| also one of the first projects to be covered by the GPLv3.


Interview with Rob Savoye of Gnash, the GPL Flash project

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| 6. What features does the current version of Gnash support?
| We support a large chunk of ActionScript2 classes, and Flash v7
| movies. There is some support for v8 starting to get added as it's
| not very difference from v7. Although streaming video currently works
| in CVS, it's not fully functional yet. I find that Gnash plays them
| ajority of web pages Flash ads (unfortunately), and many movies
| randomly grabbed from the net. Many of us are using Gnash as our
| only Flash player without much trouble.


Flash Development Revolutionized with the Open-Source Release of Gaia Flash

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| The Gaia Flash Framework has already earned the praise of high-profile 
| coders including world-renowned Flash and Flex developer Jesse Warden. 


Gnash [Open Source Flash] 0.8.0 release made

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| Gnash supports the majority of Flash opcodes up to SWF version 7, and
| a wide sampling of ActionScript classes for SWF version 8.5. All the
| core ones are implemented, and many of the newer ones work, but may be
| missing some of their methods.


Ryan, Open Source, and Flash

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| A few weeks back, I had dinner in Seattle with Ryan Stewart and Brian
| Zug. Over the course of several hours we covered a number of topics,
| including a crash course in open source software. Yesterday Ryan posted
| some of what he learned during our conversation, including his
| conclusions about whether or not open sourcing the Flash Player
| was a good idea.


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