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?

#35 Flash always crashes

by feldercarb

Saturday January 8th, 2000 1:39 AM

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I have always refused to keep Flash installed for any long period of time, because on either Mac or Windows the browser will always crash within minutes of hitting a site that uses Flash.

Perhaps they're hoping the fabled (but illusory) bug-free-nature of open source software will give them free resources to clean up their mess.