Apparently, sickness the debate over whether Macromedia should bundle third-party software with its free Flash Player has broken the confines of the Flash blogs this evening, and found its way over to Slashdot.
While this means a lot of extra typing for bloggers and Macromedia staff (particularly John Dowdell), I think it’s a good indication of how much suspicion is raised at the mere thought of bundling such “bonus material” with something many feel is a “basic necessity” for rich internet application development. I’ve heard from people who still want to love Macromedia, and from others who already think Flash is evil, and from still others who just feel confused by the whole issue.
If you haven’t already, feel free to let us know what you think, too. I honestly do believe Macromedia is listening.
And thanks again to all our new visitors from Slashdot! Hope you enjoy your stay!
[Edit: With some help from others, I hope, I’ll try to clarify/address more of the issues/concerns/misstatements/questions presented in the comments later, but I’ll wait for the dust to settle first. I can only speak from a developer’s point of view, though, and there’s no sense fielding questions while the shouting match is still in full swing. 😉 ]
[Edit 2: Macromedia has, at least in my book, proven itself to be considerate of the needs of developers and the Web community at large: The company has since redesigned the download page in question, making the Toolbar choice a little clearer and offering an option for developers who want to show their clients no part of it. Thanks, Macromedia.]