Open Up

Today, Adobe released the source for its ActionScript Virtual Machine to the Mozilla Foundation.

That’s what Adobe did. Since this blog is a common stop for open source-minded folk, I thought it might be pertinent to use this space to discuss what Adobe didn’t do:

  • Adobe did not open source the Flash Player.
  • Adobe did not incorporate the Flash Player into Mozilla.
  • Adobe did not license Mozilla’s HTML rendering engine.
  • Adobe did not purchase Mozilla, or vice versa.

The project is specified by the name Tamarin, as in the monkey, in keeping with Mozilla’s primate-naming conventions. Fun fact: Adobe is contributing around 135 KLOC (thousands of lines of code) of source code to the Tamarin project. So, in the grand tradition of open source collaboration, I invite you to jump right in.