giovedì, aprile 26, 2007

Adobe Flex goes Open Source

Adobe Flex e' un framework per creare applicazioni "rich interactive applications (RIA)" basate su Flash in ambito aziendale. Dopo che Microsoft ha annunciato il rilascio della sua piattaforma Silverlight arriva questo annuncio da Adobe: Adobe to Open Source Flex

Adobe is announcing plans to open source Flex under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). This includes not only the source to the ActionScript components from the Flex SDK, which have been available in source code form with the SDK since Flex 2 was released, but also includes the Java source code for the ActionScript and MXML compilers, the ActionScript debugger and the core ActionScript libraries from the SDK. The Flex SDK includes all of the components needed to create Flex applications that run in any browser - on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux and on now on the desktop using “Apollo”.

Developers can use the Flex SDK to freely develop and deploy Flex applications using either Adobe Flex Builder or an IDE of their choice.

The source code for the Flex SDK will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). The MPL will allow full and free access to the source code, allowing developers to download, extend, and contribute to the source code for the Flex compiler and framework classes. The Flex SDK will also be available under a commercial Adobe license. Offering a choice of licenses serves the needs of enterprise Flex customers and partners.


Quando Microsoft ti viene addosso, come ha fatto con Sun/Java e il framework .Net, l'unica scelta che ti rimane è di spostarti e quindi queste grandi aziende diventano sponsor e contributor di Linux e della community Open Source. Adesso staremo a vedere some evolveranno le cose. Io sono perplesso, sopratutto per le licenze (doppie?) e il fatto che Adobe ha nelle licenze il suo unico business, fatico a immaginare come potrà integrare questa evoluzione.

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