“The mere idea of higher ups at a previously assumed Big Evil Company paying attention to discussions on Slashdot (with critiques here often ruthless, multifaceted, and heavily biased towards consumer interests) is pretty shocking, and heartening.
If this signals a major shift in Adobe's operating culture, I think it's cause for celebration.”
Yes - it is true. In fact, we regularly peruse Slashdot to find out the latest, brutally honest opinions from the hardest to please tech-heads. I doubt we'll ever satisfy everyone but to recap, Adobe is definitely on the right track. PDF to ISO, The ActionScript Virtual Machine (VM behind Flash PLayer) open sourced via SourceForge, the Open Screen Project, The Flex Compiler open source project and BlazeDS are just a few examples of Adobe putting community and developers ahead of corporate greed. So what does this mean?
- Anyone who complains that Acrobat Reader is bloated is free to (try to) write a new PDF reader that works faster.
- Anyone who thinks the Flash Player is too slow is welcome to help.
- Anyone who wants a bug fixed in the Flex SDK can fix it for themselves and others.
- We all get to work together to build a cool technology stack that works for us.
What's next? Flash on the iPhone? Please already!!!