After recently acquiring Macromedia (and taking over their
Macrmedia Flash business), and due to the large Shopping spree, Adobe has been conducting in the recent years, buying companies left and right (and I have many more links) you’d think that Adobe is trying to corner the computer publishing market or something. Not helped by the Adobe-Microsoft PDF dispute and some Adobe patents which look not unlike Microsoft’s idea of patenting “non-obvious” inventions (no links this time – go look it up on your own), Adobe was starting to look more and more like other computer giants we know and “love” ;-).
In addition with the announcement that Adobe Flash would use open APIs for working with underlying audio and graphics sub-systems, allowing Flash to be easily ported to new audio and graphical frameworks by external (maybe open source) developers, and I think that its not unlikely we will one say (very soon now) will see the ubiquitous Flash going entirely open-source.
But, I also can think of several other (non-optimistic) ways to look at the whole thing 🙂