The first occupant of SourceForge's new developer platform is Adobe, and that would seem to have interesting implications for the debate over Flash vs HTML5.
Not that any of the press releases about SourceForge's new beta or Adobe's move to SourceForge over GitHub touched on this issue, but it's one of the first things I thought about.
Earlier this week, SourceForge opened a brand-new forge development platform with a completely redesigned toolset. The platform also allows companies to bring their open source developer communities to SourceForge where they can connect with the wider OS developer community.
Open@Adobe was the first installation on the new platform and announced with much fanfare. The site aggregates all of Adobe's "openness programs" — "which includes source code hosting, such as the Adobe® Flex framework, and contributions from Adobe to standards organizations, as well as specifications. including the Adobe Flex framework source code."
So what does any of that have to do with HTML5 or the Flash/Apple fight?
Many times in the coverage of the spat between Adobe and Apple, it's been pointed out that these are two companies dealing in proprietary software arguing about whose software is too proprietary. Though the Adobe Flex framework is open source, Flash is not. And though the Mac OS is based upon BSD, it's probably the least open of any of the major software companies today.
When Apple started dumping on Flash and supporting HTML5 as a good, nonproprietary alternative, Flash responded with nothing but love for Apple. Meanwhile, Android smartphones were picking up marketshare against the iPhone and and Flash was happily supported there.
Some might have been forgiven for wondering if they'd dropped into bizarro tech world, where the closed-source software company was extolling the virtues of a more open development platform and the open source handset OS was embracing the proprietary solution.
Suddenly, mentions of Adobe's Flex framework became more commonplace due to upgrades (and name changes to certain of its elements, including the Flex Builder being renamed Flash Builder) and, now, Adobe has announced this big new parternship with SourceForge.
It's been noted that the open source community has a very peculiar love for Apple. But with Android playing up its open source base at the Linux Foundation Collaborative Summit and other OS conferences, as well as the public's seemingly boundless love for most things Google, that could be severely cutrailed.
It will be interesting to watch Adobe's evolving and ever-growing involvement in the open source community.
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