There are rumors about the possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft, both company’s CEOs have been talking about an alliance to face Apple.
It is well know that Apple does not allow Adobe in Apple’s iOS, and they have their reasons.
Steve Jobs months ago, has written this post explaining those reasons.
It was also famous the thought about Apple from an Adobe employee, and his even more famous “Go screw yourself Apple”.
Finally yesterday the NY Times said.
...The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, covered a number of topics, but one of the main thrusts of the discussion was Apple and its control of the mobile phone market and how the two companies could team up in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options....
Well if these two, Microsoft and Adobe join together via an acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft, how could this ever affect Linux?
Two or three years ago, that could be a really bad thing, because if you want to see Youtube, or other pages with video embedded, you need flash, and there were no options. There also were a lot more pages with flash contents. Now, that is changing slowly but changing.
In fact, the iPhone and iPad are doing pretty well without Adobe’s flash, and with the resent support of HTML5 of Firefox, I think that Linux has nothing to be afraid of. Actually Firefox in its beta version is scoring 204 and 9 bonus points out of 300, in HTML5 support, check here to know how your browser is performing.
All those sites working on flash will start to change to other technologies, not because of Linux, but because of iPads, and iPhones. It will surely take time, but I think we are walking in that direction.
The alliance, or acquisition, if it is finally accomplished, will be to beat Apple, but according to a recent post in Mashable it will not really benefit them.
Finally, what do you think about these rumors?, and if all of them come true, how do you think it will affect Linux?