Opposition To Flash Grows With The Occupy Flash Movement

Monday, November 21, 2011
By Don Williams

Occupy Flash

Before Steve Jobs died he and Apple decided to help ensure that Flash on mobile devices is obsolete. He succeeded, but to some he didn’t go far enough so that’s why some have now gone further by creating the above movement: OCCUPY FLASH!

Yes, sir, these people want nothing more than to see less of Flash, a lot less, like virtually none of it on either mobiles or on the desktop now, because as they outline in their manifesto:

Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for fast-growing percentage of the users who don’t use a desktop browser. It introduces some scary security and privacy issues by way of Flash cookies. ”

Their goal is nothing less than to get the entire world to uninstall the Flash Player plugin from their desktop browsers and they want us all to join the fight by removing the above Flash Player plugin from our browsers in a united effort to not only kill off this old, buggy, resource hog, but to help ensure and speed up the development of other more modern, less buggy, and more efficient alternatives such as HMTL5, which thanks to Apple and Steve Jobs, some are already saying that it has already won the day!

Flash is known, of course, for its many security problems, yet it has become for some almost indispensable. Ridding ourselves of Flash would be a good thing indeed, but ridding ourselves from it won’t be easy, because that also means that many familiar websites out there wouldn’t be quite the same without Flash. This goes especially for sites featuring games, since many of them require the use of Flash.

Like trying to kick the old smoking habit, something that we all know is bad for us, ridding ourselves of this now ancient plague won’t be that easy either, but thanks to Steve and Apple’s decision to no longer allow new Macs to come equipped with old software on board we are on our way to a Flash free internet, and I say the sooner the better.

Unfortunately, however, until Windows PC’s also no longer come equipped with this trash installed, the longer Flash is going to stick around. Occupy Flash, like Apple’s previous steps, could help, but what we really need to once-and-for-all get rid of Flash is for websites to start, as they are beginning to do, to replace their use of Flash with HMTL5 and other technologies.

So, will you join the Occupy Flash movement and flush your Flash down the trash?

For me, I want to, I really, really want to, but like an alcoholic saying that they’ll quit drinking, but only after first having just one more drink, I must admit I’m having a hard time with the idea, but I have to agree with Gizmodo when they point out:

“I loathe Flash for its inefficiencies, ability to bring computers to their knees, and horrendous introduction animations that you just can’t skip. Adobe might not be to blame for all the issues with Flash; but a world with Flash retired would be a better world for all.”

Adobe abandoning Android feature of Mobile Flash support is a great first step.

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