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ZDNet: The Two Faces of Flash

Apr 02, 2002, 16:00 (40 Talkback[s])
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Open-source software advocates, for instance, argue that widespread reliance on Flash could slow the spread of Web services.

"'If the Web becomes dependent on closed standards, be they Flash or RealAudio or Windows Media Player, then it becomes difficult for new browsers to be created, it becomes difficult to place the Web in embedded appliances, it becomes difficult to have any experience outside what those companies define,' said Bruce Perens, a co-founder of the Open Source Initiative.

"Tight control of the Flash player is necessary to maintain the integrity and lightweight character of the software, argues Macromedia's Lynch. The latest Flash player still weighs in at less than a megabyte. Allowing outside developers to modify the Flash player would likely result in bloated code, Lynch said..."

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