Mozilla founder argues against Flash and Silverlight

By Justin Mann on April 30, 2008, 3:25 PM
One of Mozilla's founders has spoken out against proprietary media on the web, particularly pointing the finger at 'interactive' technologies like Flash and Silverlight. The technologies, while necessary in many applications today, could be more than people bargained for in the end. Tristant Nitot, founder of Mozilla Europe, claims it is in the web's best interest to use open technologies, claiming that the companies behind proprietary formats could have an agenda.

Nitot doesn't comment on specific scenarios however, and he also admits that to date there haven't been any real problems over people relying on these products. Regardless, he asserts that even though they are free, the companies behind them are in the money making business and ultimately are all about the dollar. Nitot argues for “independence” in web development, something not easy to achieve with the cost of maintaining media-rich web pages today. He proposes making open-source and freely available alternatives to technologies like Silverlight.

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jhill3d said:
Of course he says this. His best interest is to sell support and development using their "free" tools. Free or not its the same thing. Flash and silverlight type tools are great tools that can create some really cool and usefull interactive experiences and will never go away. Bring on the free alternatives. I have yet to use one open source tool on a daily basis that i can honestly say is better than its commercial counterpart. More time is spent trying to figure out their mess than using them.
Jesse_hz said:
People need to stop this browser-plugin BS and spend more time using and improving things like XHTML, java script  and CSS.[Edited by Jesse_hz on 2008-05-03 21:30:09]
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