Apples actual response to the Flash issue

Randall Lee Reetz randall at
Sun May 2 06:29:16 EDT 2010

Richard, I am not anti open-source.  But I have noticed trends in the category. What I am frustrated with is the continual revisionist approach to software development... that photshop seemed great 20 years ago really doesn't mean we should still be subjected to it's awkwardness today.  Nobody seems to be stepping back far enough to take in the full scope of the field of computation and ask "what is computation and where is it going in the long run?"  without asking such questions we are bound to spend another 60 years building slightly better word processors instead of asking "what is it we are attempting to accomplish when we write?"  So many of the issues we find so important are simply historical contingencies.  Where is the progress?  Just because an open source program is free doesn't mean it is better or more evolved than the $300 app it apes.  Also, it is simply ridiculous to think that the average person is prepared or willing to put up with the technical bush wacking required of open source users.  If a solution doesn't scale, it really isn't a solution.  Presenting your personal go-it-alone mountain-man solutions as universal advise is crazy or macho.  Lets get real. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Richmond Mathewson <richmondmathewson at>
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 1:53 AM
To: How to use Revolution <use-revolution at>
Subject: Re: Apples actual response to the Flash issue

  On 02/05/2010 11:26, Ian Wood wrote:
> On 1 May 2010, at 23:44, Randall Lee Reetz wrote:
>>  I have yet to hear an open source advocate talk to the evolution of 
>> technology.
> Depends on your definitions. One of the big new features for CS5 
> (content-aware fill) was already available as a plug=in for the GIMP.
> Ian

Randall Lee Reetz has already declared his antipathy towards Open Source 
software so
many times that this was sure to be his response to my posting.

In an OPEN world (hey, look, Richmond is also using that 
over-used-and-abused word) there should
be room for 100% Open Source stuff and 100% proprietary stuff and all 
possible stuff in between.
I belong to a broad church that admits all levels and types of beliefs 
(well, at least as far as
software is concerned).

Open Source offerings have now reached a certain level of maturity that 
means they can compete with

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