Thursday, April 26, 2007

Adobe to Open Source Flex

Wow, this is big news! Adobe has just announced that they will be releasing Flex under the Mozilla Public License. If you think about it, it's not that big of a jump since the Flex SDK is already available for free, they are just releasing additional developer resources, docs and build information...and enabling outside developers to contribute.

The press release:


This seems like a smart move to me for many reasons. First off, it's hugely positive PR. The public loves open source. Adobe has gotten a bad rap for the cost of some of their enterprise products, despite the fact that they have contributed to many open source products and released their own (Tamarin). This is a big step towards broad acceptance of Flex by the web development community, and it's going to have a great impact on the success of Apollo. If Adobe wants to rule the web, this is how they are going to do it.

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