[Olpc-open] Nortel LearniT animations (Seth Woodworth)
walter at laptop.org
Mon Mar 24 13:14:57 EDT 2008
Presumably the "new standard" is SVG. SVG animation, AFAIK, is not yet
quite in the same league re Flash in terms of tools and support.
On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 1:10 PM, Steve Holton <sph0lt0n at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 12:30 PM, Rob Savoye <rob at welcomehome.org> wrote:
> > Carol Lerche wrote:
> > Once again I get depressed about everyone's dependence on proprietary
> > formats, even for worthy causes. :-(
> > > specific case of Adobe flash, it would be excellent if someone friendly to
> > > the project could approach Adobe and ask that they allow the plugin to be
> > > packaged for distribution during school deployments.
> > Adobe has been approached many times by various OLPC people in the
> > past about this... which is why the XO ships Gnash instead. Rather than
> > continuing to have a nasty dependency on a large company with
> > proprietary formats that prefers to make money from software licensing,
> (translation: we want to avoid this...)
> > we'd do better to support Gnash getting more compatible faster.
> But here you lost me.
> Gnash will *never* be fully compatible with Flash because the closer
> Gnash gets to being a viable free Flash replacement, the more
> incentive there is for Adobe to change the Flash specification in a
> way to break compatibility.
> Two decades in the Microsoft format wars should have taught that
> lesson to everyone by now. Look how long (and how much) it's taken ODF
> to get where it's at.
> OTOH, the XO offers us an opportunity to create a new standard among
> an audience which has no investment in the old. But this is a limited
> (The point is largely moot. Adobe realizes the market will be very
> limited for Flash-type services among third-world XO users with
> limited internet connectivity and bandwidth. But other proprietary
> vendors such as Intel and Microsoft have much more to lose if the
> children of the world are exposed to non-proprietary technology by the
> millions. It should be clear that Microsoft's generous offer to port
> Windows XP to the XO is motivated by exactly this business rationale.)
> Steve Holton
> sph0lt0n at gmail.com
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