MIFFED SOFTWARE OUTFIT Adobe's chief technical officer Kevin Lynch has said that Apple's policy on Flash is anti-competitive and anti-Internet.
He might just as well have added that Steve Jobs smells of wee and the Ipad is a mongrel dog and while he might have got points for accuracy, it probably would not have advanced the glorious war between Adobe and Apple much.
Lynch told Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco that if you look at what's going on right now, Apple's playing with this strategy where it wants to create a walled garden around what applications people can use.
He said the situation at the moment is similar to the railroad industry in the 1800s, where different operators would have different sized tracks, which meant cargo has to be loaded and unloaded every time the railroad cars changed networks. This harmed industry and economic activity in the US, he said.
We are not sure about this. The unification of the railroads in the UK destroyed what had been a fairly vibrant industry. Nationalisation and unification of the train system in Blighty killed an industry where you could catch a train to practically every small village in Britain.
However Lynch said that unification under a glorious Apple Empire is trying to do all that and it runs totally counter to spirit of the Internet.
"It is totally counter to the web. We need to have freedom of transport, open access and letting people compete on the merits they have, not on the gauge of the rails," he said, gently milking the simile.
He claimed that Steve Jobs's problem with Flash is that Adobe has made it work, not that it is buggy, as Jobs has claimed.
Lynch said he doesn't want applications that can not be deployed across all platforms. He predicted that the variety of software from open vendors will force Apple to change its policy. He likened the situation to 1984 in the personal computer industry, when IBM tried to dictate to the PC market.
You remember 1984, don't you? Apple did an advert about 1984. µ
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