Google just finished taking over On2 Technologies and their video format, VP8, so Free Software Foundation (FSF) sent an open-letter to Google where they encourage Google to release VP8 as an open-source format and also use it themselves on YouTube. By doing that, Google will “free” the world from patented and proprietary formats such as H.264 and Flash by Adobe.
FSF wouldn’t mind getting rid of Flash and refer to Apple which doesn’t support Flash on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or the new iPad. Steve Jobs also recently said that Apple don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology (Flash).
YouTube is already experimenting with a Flash-free version by using HTML5 and H.264. Not enough, says FSF, they would like Google to step up and really show they care about user’s freedom and not just about their own market position.
Now the question is, what will happen to Flash in the future?
It does seem though, that lots if iPhone users would like Flash…
Personally, I wouldn’t mind getting rid of it. Just make sure we have something else in place for YouTube and similar – then I wouldn’t mind not seeing Flash anytime soon 🙂
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