Adobe to Open Source Flex

Here‘s the announcement that Adobe is intending to release Flex as Open Source.


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.

In other news, “Open Source” is now also a verb…

7 Responses to “Adobe to Open Source Flex”

  1. 1 randomwalker April 26, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    open source has been a verb for about 8 years.

    The term was invented so that business people could have a vocabulary to talk about free software. And in the business world, there is no distinction between nouns and verbs.

    The other day I was a talk by an entrepreneur who was talking about open sourcing your software. I tried to imagine what it would be like if he’d had to use some other term, such as ‘freeing’ your software. The image was so comical that i nearly burst out laughing, and it suddenly became clear to me how a word can change the world.

  2. 2 Hub April 26, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    It still remain completely proprietary as long as the Flash player stays proprietary. Don’t get mistaken it is a decoy, a trap that a lot of people might fall into.

  3. 3 djouallah mimoune April 26, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    yes flash is proprietary but at last it is available at linux, who know perhaps with Silver( ok i forget the name;) threat, adobe will open source flash.

    @Hub, je suis impressionné par le fait que tu as osé dire que Gnome bénificiera du Webkit

  4. 4 freakcode April 26, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    É uma estratégia dela para que divulgar o Flex provavelmente. Nada melhor do que abrir o código das linguagens para que comecem a surgir ports pra todo lado, e os próprios programadores possam extender a plataforma. Fica mais fácil competir também, tecnologias abertas, principalmente para web, são a regra e não a exceção.

    Vide Java. ;)

  5. 5 Munchkinguy April 27, 2007 at 2:14 am

    “Open Source” is not a verb. “Open-Source”. Otherwise, one could say “Open the source to/for”, or preferably, “Free the source for/to”.

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