I have a homework assignment for all interested readers of my blog: Don't send me any money, don't do anything other than this:
Go to Apple's Feedback page for OSX, and write something like the following:
SUBJECT: Please Remove Flash from Software Update
Thank you so much for keeping Flash off the iPhone. Now please do the same for Snow Leopard. You don't bundle Silverlight, do you? On that basis please consider stripping Flash from any MacOS X updates as Adobe cannot get Flash right on MacOS X.
If there is any future legal proceedings over this please feel free to use this correspondence.
Sincerely, <concerned end user>"
Consider the following:
- Apple got spanked for shipping an old version of Flash in the last Snow Leopard update. Why even distribute a plugin from a company that can't get the plugin in question right?
- Flash is not an Apple product. Why do we have what some security analysts consider a significant risk being distributed in the OS? That the company in question will never fix?
- Distributing Flash in the OS distro puts an imposition on sys admins that do not want it on their network.
- The onus should be on that Flash company to get the plugin right. NOT APPLE.
- We all know why Adobe can't get it right.
Apple, of course, might run into problems if they yank Flash from the MacOS or from Quicktime. But if enough users write in to 'feedback' then they will take heed.
Personally? I consider Flash a cancer. It's a crappy container designed only to lock content away from being searchable. Most folks ONLY use it for crappy video. It doesn't crash on my Mac because I use Flash & script blockers, but there are others who roundly curse it daily.
H.264 in a <video> tag is so much better. Why even put a crapper *cough* wrapper around it?
Remember when folks used to suffer thru RealVideo, On2VP and the like? That's where Flash needs to go. Destination: footnote in history.
Seriously folks. Mail Apple. Mail Microsoft. Rid the 'net of this cancer by getting the OS vendors to not distribute this garbage...