Sunday, May 02, 2010

Where does Internet goes - aftermath of Steve Jobs explication

Steve Jobs published his poignant explication why Apple will not endorse Flash. Jobs is quite right when he lists the reasons why Flash is not most liked standard. We can only support him in saying that Flash is proprietary standard owned by Adobe, so it is not Open Standard, that full web experience (including video) should not depend on proprietary pieces of code, that Flash has some security and privacy issues (e.g. Flash Cookies), that it consumes too much of processor time, that interaction model of Flash is bound to personal computer (keys & mouse) paradigm....

But when he utters his final „why” it makes my spine tingle. The problem is in the fact that Flash is cross-platform, and even worse: because it has cross-platform development tools:

„This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms.”

I'm shocked. Of course, Adobe could make Flash better, could open source it. For lack of these steps, I personally, don't like Flash very much. But what in fact is Steve Jobs saying against Flash can be easily said about HTML, and literally against ANY standard, de-facto commercial standard or true Open Standard.

The world according to Jobs is the world of software specifically written against Apple devices, the software that will run only on the devices — and which always give Jobs 30% of revenues...

Come on. This is not the vision of Open World, personal computing and Internet.

Want to see comic version of my denial? See this.


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