Alex Hudson | 7 Nov 10:33 2006

Adobe make Flash scripting Free Software with Mozilla Foundation


I'm not sure if people will have seen this with all the other noise
about Novell etc.:

	http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/mozilla-2006-11-07.html
	http://www.mozilla.org/projects/tamarin/faq.html

The scripting engine of Flash (which, from what I've been told, is very
much like Javascript anyway) has been donated to Mozilla, and will be
part of their future JS implementation (I gather).

In other Adobe news, people may have seen that they're building on other
free software like WebKit:

	http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Apollo

	(RIA's == "Rich Internet Applications", FYI)

.. and Microsoft's XML Paper Specification seems to have scared them
into doing:

	http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Mars

While Adobe haven't been terribly free software friendly in many ways in
the past, it does seem like now is an opportune time to talk to them:
they may be becoming more receptive to the needs of the free software
community.

Cheers,

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Jon Grant | 8 Nov 04:25 2006

Re: Adobe make Flash scripting Free Software with Mozilla Foundation

Hi,

[...]
> 	http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Mars
> 
> While Adobe haven't been terribly free software friendly in many ways in
> the past, it does seem like now is an opportune time to talk to them:
> they may be becoming more receptive to the needs of the free software
> community.

All looks like a little improvement, hope they release the rest eventually

I got this reply from Matt Rozen at Adobe:

"Adobe doesn't currently have plans to open source Adobe Flash Player
beyond what's being open sourced today."

"Adobe is committed to contributing to the developer community on
multiple fronts, including the company's work with Mozilla, Adobe Labs
projects, publicly available software development kits (SDKs) and file
specifications, plans to use the open source HTML engine (WebKit) in
Apollo, and our efforts with standards bodies."

Re PDF, it's never been as portable an experience as they say for me.
Many times I get PDFs which render wrong because odd fonts have been
used.  Also every time they bump the version up (currently v1.6?) all my
older GNU+Linux installs have trouble handling the newer files (Like the
power inquiry PDFs).  The same is true when using Adobe Acrobat/Reader as
well in my families experience.

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Alex Hudson | 8 Nov 10:43 2006

Re: Adobe make Flash scripting Free Software with Mozilla Foundation

On Wed, 2006-11-08 at 03:25 +0000, Jon Grant wrote:
> All looks like a little improvement, hope they release the rest eventually
> 
> I got this reply from Matt Rozen at Adobe:
> 
> "Adobe doesn't currently have plans to open source Adobe Flash Player
> beyond what's being open sourced today."

That's not totally surprising, and to be honest I don't expect them to
make it free software any time soon either. 

I'm not totally sure why: they argue the standards thing, which is
mostly a bogus argument. Plus, their value isn't in Flash player at all:
it's in the Flash tools. 

>From that point of view, while I would like to be able to view Flash 9
content with free software, for me it wouldn't make the actual freedom
situation much different. Better, but not much different.

> Re PDF, it's never been as portable an experience as they say for me.
> Many times I get PDFs which render wrong because odd fonts have been
> used. 

Depends very much how the PDFs are made. You can do things like
embedding fonts, but then you get into copyright / patent issues :/

The move to an XML-based PDF format - and one which seems to have some
level of inspiration from OpenDocument, at least in the container format
- to me would be a huge step forward. There is a lot of competition in
this area, too, and Adobe aren't the automatic winners: Microsoft's XML
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Chris Croughton | 8 Nov 12:05 2006
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Re: Adobe make Flash scripting Free Software with Mozilla Foundation

On Wed, Nov 08, 2006 at 09:43:32AM +0000, Alex Hudson wrote:

> On Wed, 2006-11-08 at 03:25 +0000, Jon Grant wrote:
> 
> > Re PDF, it's never been as portable an experience as they say for me.
> > Many times I get PDFs which render wrong because odd fonts have been
> > used. 
> 
> Depends very much how the PDFs are made. You can do things like
> embedding fonts, but then you get into copyright / patent issues :/

Anything which uses fonts has that problem, it's because the fonts
themselves aren't free (and are big, which affects portability in the
sense of transferring it).  The only way round that is to convert
everything to graphics, but that's also big and is uneditable (I often
use pdf2txt and the like to extract text versions).

> The move to an XML-based PDF format - and one which seems to have some
> level of inspiration from OpenDocument, at least in the container format
> - to me would be a huge step forward. There is a lot of competition in
> this area, too, and Adobe aren't the automatic winners: Microsoft's XML
> Paper Specification is going to be shipping in real software (Office
> 2k7) and real hardware (various printers, for example) very very soon,
> so Adobe are actually behind in technical terms at the moment.

Is it a programming language, like PDF?  PDF's big selling point was
that it is a language in itself which makes it very powerful with a
relatively small emulator, are the XML formats as powerful?

> Since Adobe have a lot to lose, and aren't necessarily in a winning
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Rob Myers | 8 Nov 21:49 2006

Should Creative Commons Make Software Licenses?

"It has been suggested that there would be some value in CC entering the 
field of software licensing. I am skeptical (there are plenty of 
software licenses) but the explosion of mixed code/content platforms 
(e.g., Flash) has led me to at least get feedback about the idea. So if 
you have thoughts about this, I'd be grateful if you could send them to 
software-licensing <at> creativecommons.org"

http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/6133

- Rob.
MJ Ray | 9 Nov 11:37 2006

Re: Should Creative Commons Make Software Licenses?

> "It has been suggested that there would be some value in CC entering the
> field of software licensing. [...] get feedback about the idea. [...]"

As I understand it, CC is already in the field of software licensing, as 
CC licences are already useful and used for software in general, but not 
recommended for programs. However, CC has a so-called "neutral" position 
about some of the big questions of software copyright at the start of 
the 21st century and its partner iCommons built anti-commercialism (the 
"creative flowerbed" approach[1][2]) into its foundations.

This compares badly within the clear leadership, open-access and 
pragmatism of the Free Software Foundation[3], so I am against CC 
increasing its software licensing effort.  Doing so would inevitably 
distract people from the free software effort and limit the size of the 
software creative commons unnecessarily.  I'd be disappointed if CC's 
objects permit it to harm an existing creative commons in this way, but 
I didn't find CC's foundation documents on http://creativecommons.org/

References
1. http://mjr.towers.org.uk/blog/2006/cc#flowerbed
2. http://www.robmyers.org/weblog/2006/11/08/why-the-nc-permission-culture-simply-doesnt-work/
3. http://www.fsf.org/

I await your decision with interest.
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Jon Grant | 9 Nov 14:53 2006

Re: Should Creative Commons Make Software Licenses?

Hi

Rob Myers elucidated on 08/11/06 20:49:
> "It has been suggested that there would be some value in CC entering the
> field of software licensing. I am skeptical (there are plenty of
> software licenses) but the explosion of mixed code/content platforms
> (e.g., Flash) has led me to at least get feedback about the idea. So if
> you have thoughts about this, I'd be grateful if you could send them to
> software-licensing <at> creativecommons.org"
> 
> http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/6133

My 2p.

CC staff, including Lessig were very poor at responding to any issues I
raised with them previously. If you don't just pat them on the back they
appear to just ignore you. The same goes for people like Paula DeLieu they
hired, a shame really.

Also, I wish they wouldn't put stuff out in proprietary formats like
Flash. IMHO They should get their own house in order before they offer to
help others!
Jon
Matt Lee | 9 Nov 17:11 2006
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Re: Should Creative Commons Make Software Licenses?

On Thu, Nov 09, 2006 at 01:53:21PM +0000, Jon Grant wrote:

> CC staff, including Lessig were very poor at responding to any issues I
> raised with them previously. If you don't just pat them on the back they
> appear to just ignore you. The same goes for people like Paula DeLieu they
> hired, a shame really.

I find Lessig quite responsive.

> Also, I wish they wouldn't put stuff out in proprietary formats like
> Flash. IMHO They should get their own house in order before they offer to
> help others!

I called them on that, including RMS on my email and asked specifically why
a board member of the FSF (ie. Lessig) would promote non-free software...

24 hours later, it started to be fixed.

matt

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rob | 9 Nov 17:42 2006

Re: Should Creative Commons Make Software Licenses?

Quoting Matt Lee <mattl <at> gnu.org>:

> On Thu, Nov 09, 2006 at 01:53:21PM +0000, Jon Grant wrote:
>
>> CC staff, including Lessig were very poor at responding to any issues I
>> raised with them previously. If you don't just pat them on the back they
>> appear to just ignore you. The same goes for people like Paula DeLieu they
>> hired, a shame really.
>
> I find Lessig quite responsive.

Yes I've found Paula and the others I've dealt with quite responsive. They
haven't always agreed with me, but they have taken input onboard and explained
when they have differed.

I haven't had any direct dealing with Lessig so I can't really comment 
on him on
that level. I'm not happy with the trajectory he seems to be planning for CC
though, and I've yet to talk to anyone who is...

- Rob.
Jon Grant | 10 Nov 02:20 2006

Re: Adobe make Flash scripting Free Software with Mozilla Foundation

Hi,

Alex Hudson elucidated on 08/11/06 09:43:
> On Wed, 2006-11-08 at 03:25 +0000, Jon Grant wrote:
>> All looks like a little improvement, hope they release the rest eventually
>>
>> I got this reply from Matt Rozen at Adobe:
>>
>> "Adobe doesn't currently have plans to open source Adobe Flash Player
>> beyond what's being open sourced today."
> 
> That's not totally surprising, and to be honest I don't expect them to
> make it free software any time soon either. 

RMS divided some examples I had given quite succinctly into two
scenarios which could cause them to free/open Flash player as far as I
can see.

* When Adobe loose to MS or W3C etc they will open up :-
  i) as demonstrated by Netscape's browser
  ii) RealNetworks Helix project.

* When Flash gets a competent replacement in the form of Gnash
  or an alternative plugin etc.
   i) As demonstrated by Troll releasing Qt X11
   ii) and then Qt win32 only when a team are working on their own
implementation.
   iii) Sun now freeing/opening Java because GCJ is a competent replacement.

> I'm not totally sure why: they argue the standards thing, which is
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