16 Nov

Adobe donates Flex to foundation in community-friendly exit strategy

Adobe and the Open Spoon Foundation are preparing to open up development of the Flex SDK. They plan to donate the technology to “an established open source foundation” so that the Flex community and other stakeholders can participate in developing future versions of the SDK.

Flex is a development framework for building conventional applications with Flash. It’s especially targeted at the enterprise space and has some specialized capabilities for creating data-driven software. The core components of Flex were released as open source under the Mozilla Public License in 2007.

Flex development, however, has always been directed solely by Adobe. The move to an open governance model will make the process more inclusive. Going forward, Adobe says that the Flex roadmap will be defined in the open by the project’s governing board. The group will include Adobe engineers, third-party Flex application developers, and representatives of companies that use and contribute to Flex.

via Adobe donates Flex to foundation in community-friendly exit strategy. First Adobe kills Mobile Flash and now Flex looks like it’s about to wither away.

10 Sep

Techcrunch – Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I’d Like To Punch The Carriers With

In theory, I’m right there with you. The thought of a truly open mobile operating system is very appealing. The problem is that in practice, that’s just simply not the reality of the situation. Maybe if Google had their way, the system would be truly open. But they don’t. Sadly, they have to deal with a very big roadblock: the carriers.

The result of this unfortunate situation is that the so-called open system is quickly revealing itself to be anything but. Further, we’re starting to see that in some cases the carriers may actually be able to exploit this “openness” to create a closed system that may leave you crying for Apple’s closed system — at least theirs looks good and behaves as expected.

via Techcrunch – Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I’d Like To Punch The Carriers With. Android it’s kinda open except where the carriers want it to not be open.

14 Aug

ITworld – Friday the 13th, Part II: Oracle Officially Ends OpenSolaris

Well, Oracle seems determined to make this a memorable Friday the 13th. Just as the open source community reels from the impact of an Oracle lawsuit against Google for alleged Java patent infringements, it has now been revealed that Oracle has internally killed OpenSolaris.

via ITworld – Friday the 13th, Part II: Oracle Officially Ends OpenSolaris. Oracle seems determined to destroy any and all of the good things that Sun accomplished.