Macromedia to Open Flash Player Source
Thursday January 6th, 2000
Tekhir writes, "Well, Macromedia is open sourcing their Flash player and file format [according to this BeNews story]. It would be interesting to see if this could/should be intergrated into Mozilla. Can you imagine if people started making the UI out of Flash 4. Or better yet borrowing its alpha transparency layer. There are a lot of cool effects that one can do with Flash."
Should Flash be integrated into Mozilla? Or should their tasty, optimized vector-drawing code be cannibalized for the inevitable SVG implementation?
Thursday January 6th, 2000 10:07 AM
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That's the sound of a Pentium 100 trying to run Mozilla using Flash as its UI. This is a Bad Idea for two reasons: 1. The article makes no mention of what license they will be using. If they use some sort of restrictive license (Sun, Netscape-style), then we rely on them for an integral part of Mozilla. No thanks.
2. We want Mozilla finished within our lifetime. If people keep adding stuff it will never get done, and a change like the one mentioned above would require much much rewriting. Mozilla's UI is ok where it is.
As for native Flash support, that would be fine, as long as people can turn it off.