updated 03:25 am EST, Mon November 21, 2011
Occupy Flash movement calls for end to Flash
Occupy Flash, a group dedicated to seeing the end of the Flash platform, has called on all PC users to uninstall the Flash Player plugin from their desktop browsers. The group calls themselves “The movement to rid the world of the Flash Player plugin.” As far as the group is concerned, the death of mobile Flash is not enough, and it wants to see the end of all Flash development.
The group has posted the following statement on the matter:
“Why, you ask? Why does it matter, when Adobe has already neutered the platform by publicly killing Flash on mobile devices? Why does it matter when HTML5 has clearly won the fight for the future of our web browsing? Well, as we've seen with other outdated web technologies...as long as software is installed on machines, there will be a contingent of decision makers who mandate its use, and there will be a requirement of continued support, the plugin will live on, and folks will continue to develop for it.”
Occupy Flash emphasises that it is not campaigning against Adobe, and in fact argues that Flash can still find a home for use on the Adobe Air platform to package native applications. They also claim that their site has no corporate backing and are “not a lobbying effort of any sort.”
Adobe's Flash platform has been heavily criticised for its lack of security, its instability and inefficiency. Despite labored efforts to develop Flash for mobile devices, and in the face of staunch opposition from Apple under the late Steve Jobs, Adobe recently announced that it has ceased developing Flash for mobile devices.
In doing so, Adobe acknowledged that HTML5, an open web standard that supports embedded multimedia code, is the way of the future. ”...HTML5 [is] the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms,” said Adobe's Interactive Development VP Danny Winokur at the time of the announcement to kill mobile Flash development. However, he, and Adobe, were not yet ready to cede that Flash in any danger in the desktop space.