Since I haven’t been very productive lately, I’ve decided to bring you a couple of big stories stemming from Flash’s death

Adobe Signs Flash’s Death Warrant

Yes, you heard me. Adobe, after much pushing from the public, have finally said when they will terminate Flash. Sadly, this will not be soon. Although actually giving a date for Flash’s death is a step forward, this date will only be in 2020. I myself hate Flash, and the only reason I keep it around is because of Scratch, who have announced their next version will not depend on Flash or Adobe in any way anyway. (Woah, any way anyway. That sounded werid)

But Some Aren’t Happy…

As with any technological deaths, Flash’s is not without discontent. For some reason, spread thinly over the Internet is a Flash fanbase. Yes, you heard me right again. Flash has a fanbase. One of them is devoted so much that he asked Adobe to open source Flash! Seriously! Although this guy,  Juha Lindstedt, admits that Flash is flawed and outdated, he says that

“Flash is an important piece of Internet history and killing Flash means future generations can’t access the past.”

Although this is true, why anyone on the web would want to access the past is beyond me. Juha also thinks that open sourcing Flash would have other benefits, like “keeping Flash alive and safe for archive benefits.” Even more, he says that if the code was open source, the community (of which there is many in) could, in theory do stuff like:

“There might be a way to convert SWF/fla to HTML5/canvas/WebGL/WebAssembly, or some might write a standalone player for it. Another possibility would be to have a separate browser.”

Oh yeah. Bring on the browser designed with the web’s most outdated tech in mind. Go join the dole queue with Internet Explorer, loser (as in the browser not the developer).

If you are part of Flash’s fanbase, I most certainly do not respect or admire you for that, but I’ll humor you by telling you how to sign Juha’s petition to open source Flash. All you have to do is star this GitHub repository. You’ll need a GitHub account. Oh, and since Adobe are the fathers of proprietory software, then they almost certainly won’t listen.

 

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