Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th May 2010 10:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While most of us here on the OSNews team are proponents of HTML5, we're all fully aware that Flash serves an important role on the web today, and will most likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Flash has a rather spotty record when it comes to performance, and so far, hasn't been able to run well on mobile devices. It seems this is about to change, as an Adobe evangelist has showed off Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2 (Froyo) running on the Nexus One. And eerlijk is eerlijk, it looks pretty darn impressive, especially considering how far they've come.
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RE: Hilarious
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 11th May 2010 11:33 UTC in reply to "Hilarious"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

You mock Steve Jobs for his comments on Flash, then agree with him on Flash's foibles, make up your mind, you are beginning to look a bit silly.


I agree with Jobs that up until now, the released versions of Flash have been abysmal in both performance as well as security.

However, contrary to many other people, I'm capable of changing my convictions if I see that a product is improving. I've tested Flash 10.1 beta/RC releases on both Windows and Linux, and they are MILES better, performance-wise, than previous releases.

There is nothing "silly" about being honest about that. Sure, I could go down the dishonest route, and simply not report on Flash' improvements, but for that kind of reporting, you better go to MacDailyNews.

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RE[2]: Hilarious
by kristoph on Tue 11th May 2010 16:58 in reply to "RE: Hilarious"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Yes but given that you rail against H264 don't you think that Flash as a whole is a much bigger problem?

I mean the codec debate is mainly about playing video. Flash makes the whole web experience proprietary, locked to one vendor, and essentially restricted to platforms that vendor chooses to support.

That's bad right, real bad.

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RE[3]: Hilarious
by Kroc on Tue 11th May 2010 17:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Hilarious"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

But it’s not a standard, nor even a de-facto one. There’s nothing that forces anybody, anywhere to develop using Flash. However, in the case of the iPhone OS that doesn’t have Flash, the only way to play video in the browser is with MPEG4.

Also Flash doesn’t adversely effect other development tools; where as the goal with H.264 is to threaten other codecs with FUD to stymie competition.

As much as I dislike Flash, it is just one development tool out of many and remains optional.

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