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[News] SyncML Library Liberated, ConcourseConnect Out as AGPL, Flash May be Freed Also

  • Subject: [News] SyncML Library Liberated, ConcourseConnect Out as AGPL, Flash May be Freed Also
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 00:28:25 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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SyncML Library goes open source

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| Swiss company Synthesis AG has released it's SyncML Client library 
| (libsynthesis) as open source under the LGPL v2 and v3.  


Concourse Connect: AGPL Software for Community Websites 

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| U.S. firm Concursive has released the first version of its ConcourseConnect 
| Web platform. The open source product serves to build community websites with 
| blogs, wikis, picture galleries and other interactive features.  


Could Adobe be open-sourcing Flash?

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| As part of the Open Screen Project, Adobe has already opened up much of
Flash. For example, Adobe is supporting the Mozilla Foundation with the
Tamarin Project. Tamarin is an open-source implementation of Adobe's
ActionScript 3 language, which is Flash's scripting language. Adobe has also
its own open-source Flash-related projects such as BlazeDS, a Java-based
implementation of AMF (Action Message Format), which is used to integrated
back-end DBMSs with Flash applications.
| To really make Flash open, however, the video codecs within the SWF container
format must be opened up. These codecs are On2 Technologies' VP6 and Sorenson
Spark. While, there are already several good open-source Flash players, such
as the Free Software Foundation's Gnash and Swfdec, none of them are truly
feature compatible with Adobe Flash 10. 



Free Flash community reacts to Adobe Open Screen Project

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| Both Otte and Savoye do see some limited good coming out of the Open Screen
| Project. Otte suggests that the growing openness of Adobe might help to
| reduce the reservations in the free software community about working to
| reproduce proprietary technologies, as well as "the general 'flash is evil'
| attitude" that prevails in the community."
| Moreover, both Otte and Savoye see the announcement as a hopeful sign. "I
| think Adobe will open up Flash in the end, or at least the Flash player,"
| Otte says.
| Savoye expresses the same hope, although he notes that, "I've been told by
| people at Adobe that their Flash player has so many other people's
| intellectual property in it that they can never free up the code." However,
| he adds that examples like Sun's removal of propriety elements from the
| original StarOffice code to produce OpenOffice.org and its current efforts
| with Java indicate that the move is not impossible. "The trick is, are they
| going to make that kind of commitment?" he asks.


Adobe Drops Licensing Fees, Gives Away Flash For Devices

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| Software maker Adobe announced Thursday that it would drop many of the
| licensing requirements attached to its Flash technology, which is used to
| display video and audio content on the web.  


Adobe Joins Linux Foundation But Forgets About Flash for Linux

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| I would hope that Zemlin will encourage Adobe to now treat Linux as a first
| class citizen as opposed to an afterthought for release after Windows.
| I hope Zemlin will pressure Adobe to finally actually make Flash -- not just
| the player -- but Flash CS3 Professional, (the core Flash development tool)
| available for Linux as a fully commercially available and supported product.  
| It is somewhat ironic in my opinion that Adobe can join the Linux Foundation,
| claim to support Linux and yet not offer its flagship Flash development tool
| on Linux.    


For Adobe, a tough lesson in (open-source) diplomacy

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| The brouhaha had to be painful for Adobe, a community-friendly company that
| likes to think of itself as a kinder, gentler outfit than arch-rival
| Microsoft . But here Adobe was, accused of using its overwhelming position in
| PDF software to make money at the expense of smaller companies -- the very
| sort of behavior that earned Microsoft a bad rap in Silicon Valley.    

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