Why Adobe likes open source
Oct 23, 2009, 16:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Bisson, Mary Branscombe)
"Hidden in plain sight
"Adobe may not spring to mind when you think of open source and
McAllister jokes that "We have what I call a hidden aggressive open
source strategy; no-one knows about us!" More seriously, he
emphasises that to Adobe, Source is only one of the four kinds of
Open – the others being Standards, Specifications and
Community. "Adobe is an open company," he maintains. "We deal with
the community. We run the gamut of multiple places where we deal in
open. But open for us is not about code. On the productivity side
they're heavily into standards, if you look at CS they have pieces
in the standards side, but they're heavily into the specifications.
It is slowly being incorporated into Adobe's DNA. Am I done yet? No
– there's still efforts to go."