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mardi 27 septembre 2011

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mercredi 15 juin 2011

Adobe Ditches AIR for Linux

Reminder: as usual, I'm not speaking on behalf of Mozilla here, just expressing my own views.

So it looks like Adobe will no longer be releasing (...) versions of Adobe AIR and the AIR SDK for desktop Linux..

A few questions and remarks come to my mind, which I'd like to share:

  1. Is this going to hurt Linux?
  2. Is this a good thing for Adobe?
  3. Is there a lesson here?

So Is this going to hurt Linux? Well, maybe, but not much. The application ecosystem on Linux is pretty strong, and as Adobe says, "since the release of AIR, we’ve seen only a 0.5% download share for desktop Linux", which tends to show that Linux users are not much interested in AIR at all.

Is this a good thing for Adobe? On one hand, it will enable them to invest more in the Android version of AIR, which is an important market, with enormous potential, Android being a platform that needs more love from Adobe if they want to be able to compete. But on the other hand, this is pretty bad for their cross-platform story. People who have chosen AIR because it enabled them to "write once run anywhere" - recycling the old Java promise - rightfully feel betrayed. AIR is a decent platform, but what made it stand out was the promise of running on all three desktop platforms. And this is now gone.

Is there a lesson here? I guess so. In short: never trust of a proprietary vendor when it comes to running cross-platform, especially when you have a truly open alternative. In this case, the Web. What makes the Web beautiful is the fact that no one owns it. You don't have to make a deal with the VP of Business Development of the Web in order to deploy a large application. You can pick a (modern) browser and switch away from it later on if the vendor you've chosen is taking a path that you don't like. Just make sure it's following Web standards and is Open Source and open to external contributions, so that you can offer patches if needed. Make sure it's extensible, so you can customize it for your needs. You'll see, the Open Web as a platform is making progress daily. It's amazing, really.

You'll have no fees to pay, no contracts to negotiate, just freedom to use and innovate. I know it's a little unsettling at first, but over time it's liberating. So liberating that - once accustomed to freedom - you won't want to go back.

Sunset in Normandy

Free as a bird flying into the sunset in Normandy

samedi 29 mai 2010

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[1] c'était à l'époque l'équipe qui poussait le plus les standards à l'intérieur de Microsoft.

[2] est 12eme, et c'est super !

vendredi 26 mars 2010

IE is being mean to developers, the song

Scott Ward, Ruby developer over at has posted a couple of months ago a pretty cool song on YouTube: IE is Being Mean to Me. I am sure that most Web developers will concur with Scott's song.

Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:

I wrote the last line of JavaScript at 4:45
I wanted to see if my widget was ready to go live
I tested in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome
I even tried Opera, but then I… should've gone home
Cause IE is being mean to me… again!
IE is being mean to me… again.

IE is being mean to me, again
I tried JQuery, Moo Tools and Prototype
But IE still won't display my widget right
And have you experienced the horror
Of debugging in Internet Explorer
If you're an IE user and have no idea of what I just said
Would you please consider using Firefox instead
I'd like to say that I simply do not care,
But how can I ignore so much market share?
I have a reoccurring dream about compliance
But it always ends in Microsoft's defiance
And that's why IE is being mean to me… again!
If you're an IE user and have no idea of what I just said
Would you please consider using Firefox instead
Do it for Open Source, it's free as in speech
Do it for developers everywhere, but most of all…
Just do it for me!

mardi 29 décembre 2009

Citation du jour : Michel Elie

Conclusion de Internet, retour sur les origines et la 'philosophie' du Web par Michel Elie, qui fut le seul européen assistant aux premiers pas d'Arpanet, l'ancêtre d'Internet :

(…) l'usager doit pouvoir conserver un droit de regard sur le Net et ses évolutions, dont il est codétenteur. Au moment où l'Internet devient un pilier incontournable de l'organisation de notre société, où le développement d'une culture démocratique sur le Net pourrait être menacé, et où leur accessibilité pourrait être le prétexte pour des entreprises à but lucratif de s'approprier des composants de ce qui jusqu'à maintenant était considéré comme des biens communs, la Toile doit être reconnue comme un bien public, et la liberté d'y accéder comme un droit fondamental.

…À rapprocher du Mozilla Manifesto, dont voici 2 des 10 principes :

  1. Internet fait partie intégrante de la vie moderne — il s'agit d'un composant clé dans l'éducation, la communication, la collaboration, les affaires, le divertissement et la société en général.
  2. Internet est une ressource publique mondiale qui doit demeurer ouverte et accessible.

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