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[FC] Firefox VP: Say Goodbye to Flash

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By now you've probably heard of HTML5, the platform that every browser maker from Microsoft to Mozilla to Google can't stop heralding as the savior of the Internet. Buzzwords aside, developers are excited about HTML5 because it creates a more elegant online experience, enabling users to enjoy the the best aspects of the web--audio, video, multimedia--without having to install external applications like Adobe Flash. In other words, HTML5 allows us to experience the Internet natively, and escape what Mozilla VP of products Jay Sullivan calls "plug-in prison."

Sullivan is gung-ho about HTML5, which has become a major selling point of Firefox 4, the browser's latest iteration set launch in the coming weeks. That's great news for Firefox's 450 million users, but it's not so positive for Adobe, which could see one of its premiere products become irrelevant. So is Flash going away?

"I think so in the long run," Sullivan says. "A lot of it has to do with HTML5. With Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 9, and Chrome, to the extent that we provide functionality in enough browsers, then the developers will switch over to HTML5, especially in mobile, where you can't have Flash popping up on every page just to do some little animation. The idea that you'd have to embed an entire instance of the Flash player just to play a 30 second audio clip? It's crazy."
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I think plug-in prison is fine considering what we came from. I remember having to arm myself with 20 different codecs and players before I went out on the net to watch some videos.

Flash based video players were fine with me. Although these things are welcomed.
    
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Time for a social experiment...will all of the people who openly bashed Apple and Steve Jobs for refusing to put Flash on the iPhone/iPad just as strongly decry the much loved Firefox for arguing a very similar position? The hypothesis to be tested is that people were actually just hating on Apple more than defending Flash.
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I personally don't feel like HTML5 is being used enough yet to make these changes. A lot of sites I go on still heavily use Flash, also. Dumb idea...IMO
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There's gonna be a lot of angry people, and a lot of happy people. I'll be happy as long as it doesn't bog down my ancient netbook.
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I thought HTML5 was still in the early stages, that it uses a lot of cpu power to function properly. Having said that, how can they be sure it'll be better than flash when 80% of the internet is using flash now? Also, flash works with mobile devices.
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HTML 5 will be great for the mobile market.
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Who uses Firefox these days anyways?
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What alternatives are left that support flash? Pale Moon? Opera?
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Time for a social experiment...will all of the people who openly bashed Apple and Steve Jobs for refusing to put Flash on the iPhone/iPad just as strongly decry the much loved Firefox for arguing a very similar position? The hypothesis to be tested is that people were actually just hating on Apple more than defending Flash.
Regardless of how great HTML5 is, Flash is still out there. Its still being used on tons of websites and choosing to ignore that is a mistake on anyone that purposely chooses to leave it out. Flash may be a resource hog on mobile devices but at least give the user a choice. Not something apple likes to do "give users choices".
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