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[REBOL] Re: Microsoft to buy Macromedia?

From: dada::gecko::verizon::net at: 26-Dec-2002 14:48

I'm not sure that M$ purchasing Macromedia is a good thing at all (whether it's true or not). I know that some of the REBOL listors are interested in propagating REBOL's a/v capabilities, but the M$-purchase of Macromedia doesn't necessarily make that possible. What it DOES do, is make it possible for Flash content to become FLash/IE content. It makes it possible for even MORE security holes (imagine a FLash MX/ActiveX security hole). It makes it possible for M$ to exert an even STRONGER strangle-hold on the Internet Content Delivery world, which makes it harder for third-party tech to come in without subscribing to M$ technology practices. And if anything, REBOL tries to be platform and technology independent. Overall, a purchase of the rights to Flash technology by M$ is a bad thing. I believe that in any instance a large company absorbs a smaller company. Less companies = more problems = less choice. sd