Time to drop flash

I’ve never been anti-non-FLOSS: I’ve used StarOffice back in 1995, when it would allow me to not use a Windows PC, but to do everything I had to do with a LInux system. I’ve used and still use AcrobatReader (and Okular). And on LInux I’m using flash, especially to look at Video published, such as on http://youtube.com

But today, trying to get an update for flash, I read on Adobe’s Web site that Flash Player 11.2 would be the last version for Linux. Only security fixes will continue to be provided. Well so instead of being an incitation to move back to Windows (you dreamed guys ;-)) or adopting Mac, It’s an incitation to drop flash usage as much as possible, and use more open video format.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always favouring open format, and free, libre, open source software. But I’m also practical, and if I need to use a software to have my work done which is not FLOSS, I dislike that but can use it as long as it’s not core to my activity. And honestly, flash is probably the last one with regards using non-FLOSS on my systems. Flash is not core anyway. It’s for entertainment mostly so I’m ok with a proprietary plugin, especially when Mageia does a great packaging work making it very easy to use.

But now, if Adobe doesn’t care about Linux users, then all Vidéo providers shouldn’t care either about the flash format and start moving off it ASAP. (including french TV for their news).

When I think about the “awesome” presentation I had today at LCA, about native (without plugin) Video conferencing between Firefox and Chrome, using native HTML5 WebRTC format, I think all these funcky formats are just doomed to disappear anyway. The richness of Open Source, and it’s rapid evolution pace doesn’t allow anymore to companies, even the size of Adobe, to resist. And for sure their decision will accelerate the move. Especially as mobile users, who are mostly Linux users nowadays, ar using more video content.

So many thanks to those who are working on such standards and techno; it will make our lives much more easier, and still fun in a near future.

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2 Responses to “Time to drop flash”

  1. Keith Says:

    It’s my understanding that Adobe is only supporting Chrome’s extended version of NPAPI that other browsers have no interest in supporting. Still, this might be a good motivation for people to start working on Gnash (Gnash does work with YouTube but not with many other sites, BTW). YouTube also does provide a lot of videos in WebM if you enable it (http://youtube.com/html5).

    Still, using Flash for videos has always seemed to me like a solution looking for a problem. There was nothing wrong with the old system of using or even to bring up the proper plugin for the MIME type (or provide a link to it if the plugin wasn’t available). The HTML5 and elements similarly were just designed to be a replacement for something nonsensical in the first place. Still, both non-Flash methods are much more accessible than using Flash.

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