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Petition for Adobe to Open Source Flash Player


Although Adobe Flash Player has long been a staple for browsing in any way, shape or form, it’s a well-known fact that recent years have seen its drastically strong downfall into public disgrace. There is a good reason for this dwindling interest in using Flash, and that is the fact that it’s one of the buggies and overall terrible programs to serve such multimedia loading purposes. Seriously, you’re better off using HTML5 or anything else. Adobe Flash Player is currently at the bottom of the pyramid, and it will stay there for sure.

All in all, Adobe Flash Player cannot be saved, in spite of its developers’ best efforts. This is perhaps why Adobe finally decided to mercy-kill it. Thus, Flash will be organically phased out by 2020. This is both good news and bad news at the same time. The good news is that we’re finally going to be free of this nasty threat. The bad news is that a good part of Internet history might die out with it. To be honest, that is very much true.

A lot of nostalgic Flash supporters want Adobe to open source Flash, and then maybe its fans can save it, or at least archive it for future preview purposes. There is a GitHub Petition supporting this cause, and it has been started by an anonymous developer known only as pakastin. In his words,

“Flash is an important piece of Internet history and killing Flash means future generations can’t access the past. Games, experiments and websites would be forgotten. Open sourcing Flash spec would be a good solution to keep Flash projects alive safely for archive reasons. Don’t know how, but that’s the beauty of open source: you never know what will come up after you go open source!”

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