Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 08:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While it's been a low-level grumbling for years, the issue of Flash on mobile devices (and particularly the iPhone/Touch/iPad ecosystem) has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks, with Steve Jobs as self-appointed Flash basher-in-Chief. The OSNews crowd, that is, dyed-in-the-wool technologists have, by and large, not been big fans of Flash, with its spotty availability and performance on alternative platforms, resource hogging, and instability. And though it's quite useful for web video and other specialized interfaces, it drives the tech savvy crazy when it's used for utterly superfluous multimedia bling. So we've had a lively discussion of the pros and cons of Flash, and whether device users should be free to make their own decision about whether it's worthy to install on their iPads. But we're leaving out an important detail. As Daniel Eran Dilger, a Flash developer, points out, almost all the important existing Flash infrastructure won't work anyway. Update: A worthwhile rebuttal to this point of view.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by kragil on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 12:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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All your points besides 3. don't really matter. Knowing RD and the internet the guy could be a dog. And "existing flash content" people care about is mostly web video and that seems to work fine on other touch based mobile devices.

I agree that open and free standards are way better than flash and that Flash has to die and before that improve, but I don't like it when people with an agenda disguise some twisted biased world view as some kind of objective reporting and that is what RD does.

Edited 2010-02-22 12:45 UTC

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