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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?


#20 $.02

by Pyro

Thursday January 6th, 2000 7:40 PM

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I agree with the the Kaboom. The sound of my P100 overclocked to 133 running Mozilla with Flash (or worse yet, the old 486DX/2 66 in the other room) just doesn't make me to enthusiastic. It's already slow enough on my computer (been speeded a tad in past weeks), but to put flash in the UI would just kill it. Oddly though, I do think it can't hurt as long as it doesn't increase the code base too much (or it can be available in a separate "complete" vs. "base" install), it can be disabled, and disabling it prevents that type of content from even being downloaded.