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Open source advocates claim Adobe is showing open source animosity

When it comes to rich media on the Internet today, much of the media is powered by Adobe Flash. Flash has some competition like Microsoft Silverlight, but Flash continues to be one of the most supported rich media applications.

The future of Flash is not as clear as it once was with Google touting the ability to support rich media applications online with HTML 5. For its part Adobe insists that Flash will survive HTML 5 and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen went so far as to dismiss HTML 5, reports InformationWeek.

Narayen said, "[T]he fragmentation of browsers makes Flash even more important rather than less important."

Perhaps the most interesting demonstration that could put fear into the hearts of Adobe and its shareholder is the demonstration by Google at its developer conference of a YouTube prototype using HTML 5 instead of Flash.

Adobe's John Dowdell posted a blog comment in response to numerous headlines and Tweets that called HTML 5 a "Flash-killer." Dowdell called Apple, Google, and Mozilla "a consortium of minority browser vendors" and considered the absence of Flash on the iPhone and Silverlight technology as an endorsement of the technology.

Dowdell wrote, "Silverlight's launch helped boost the popularity of Flash. ... iPhone helped to radically increase the number of phones with Flash support."

Adobe has taken a defensive tact with regards to HTML 5 leading to speculation that the company may be more afraid of the technology that it wants to let on. InformationWeek reports that some readers posted comments to Dowdell's blog calling the advocacy of Flash another sign of Adobe's "open standards animosity."

Adobe is trucking along in the poor global economy, but reported a 41% drop in profits for its last quarter. Despite the decline in profit the stock price remains steady, which InformationWeek believes is a sign that investors see the drop in profits as due to the economy and not issues with the company or its offerings. Strategy Analytics reported in February that MySpace and YouTube were driving the adoption of some forms of Flash. If YouTube movies to another platform it would be a significant blow to Adobe.

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By Belard on 6/20/2009 6:58:00 PM , Rating: -1
There is something wrong with you and your friends computers.

I'm running two browser windows (with tabs) watching a movie in HIQuality mode. My Core2Quad is reporting about 7% CPU usage. The system is running fine. And for fun, I started the same movie/settings on my son's WEAK AMD64 3700 (2.2Ghz single core / 1GB RAM) and its reporting about 45~55% CPU usage. Again, it too is running smoothly and he plays flash games all the time.

So the problem is most likely your ocmputers software configs or cheezy video cards.

I'm using Opera 10 (better than IE8, easily)on the quad and Opera 9 on the AMD64. Both are using WindowsXP.

So either you're using IE and/or Vista.

By eddieroolz on 6/21/2009 12:48:57 AM , Rating: 5
Right, blame it on IE and/or Vista.

Did you also know that the E.T. game's miserable failure was also caused by IE and Vista? Betcha you didn't know that!

Honestly, Flash lags my Firefox like crazy sometimes, especially if it's an game. 50% usage of a 3.34GHz C2D/GTS 250 is not right.

By nuarbnellaffej on 6/21/2009 5:21:52 AM , Rating: 2
So the problem is most likely your ocmputers software configs or cheezy video cards.

My computer's files are configured as they should be, trust me, and I wouldn't call a 4870 with 1 Gb's of memory "cheesy".

By MRwizard on 6/22/2009 5:50:18 AM , Rating: 3
it has nothing to do with your graphics card. it uses vector graphix that are calculated by your CPU

it moslty always depends on the content viewed, and the background process's. and the fact that flash is poorly optimized for all systems out there

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