[thelist] pixel perfect requirements and web standards

Jeff Howden jeff at jeffhowden.com
Tue Jun 7 09:32:27 CDT 2005


> From: Shawn K. Quinn
> > I don't know where you've been, but the Flash plug-in
> > has always been (and likely will always continue to
> > be) free.
> It never has been free, by which I mean free as in
> freedom.  It has always been available as a binary for
> zero licensing cost, but the license gives you virtually
> no freedom.

I fail to see how your cute little play on words has any value to the casual
web user?

So the player isn't open source.  I fail to see the business case for
exposing the source to competitors so <0.000001% of the user base can have
warm fuzzies about it because it's free (as in speech, not beer) and that
<0.0001% of them will ever actually make changes to the source to address an
issue in their own environment.

So, again, exactly why does it matter to the casual web user whether it's
free as in freedom or free as in zero dollars to download, install, and
forget about?

 [>] Jeff Howden
     jeff at jeffhowden.com

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