Google O/S – Why not Adobe?
In the pre-history days before Central or Flex, I wrote a Flash-based operating system. (I’ll try and dig-up pictures one day). I called it “CoreOS”. It was a fully functional windows interface with REAL applications. A spreadsheet, drawing apps, a word-processor, a game and some fun stuff. It even had a console application and its own small command-line language. It ran inside a browser window which adjusted itself to fill the screen – but what I really wanted was to break out of the browser. What I did was just a demonstrator to hint at the potential.
Around 2001/2002 – I thought it was inevitable that we’d see a REAL Flash-based operating system really soon. All the pieces seemed to be forming. When Macromedia Central was released, I considered it to be a step in the right direction, and vindication that my ideas were right all along. I thought AIR could be lead to a truly ubiquitous “internet O/S” for desktop, devices, hand-held, embedded, etc…
But it never happened – after all the years I’ve wasted on going-nowhere Macromedia/Adobe technologies.
Finally, years later, Google have made the leap.
So, why didn’t Adobe get there years ago? Too timid? I suspect they don’t see it as their business. Adobe = eye-candy. They’re not that committed to software (Real programmers don’t use Flex – at least, not for their own projects). And you only need to look at the proposals that got Open-Screen funding to realise that Adobe is only interested in style – not substance. Ground-breaking new algorithms, new classes of applications, speculative new ventures – I don’t think any of these things reflect the way Adobe see themselves.
Entry filed under: Adobe AIR.