The Open Screen Project shows exactly why to avoid Flash.
ChrisLaffra 060000KCEQ Comments (3) Visits (3887)
Today I took a look at the Open Screen Project, after seeing a blog entry reporting Google supporting the effort. That got my intention! There must be something cool there.
The website for the Open Screen Project looks like this:
After looking past the eye candy, this effort appears to boil down to being nothing more than a marketing event. Adobe and Nokia are simply paying people to develop applications that run on multiple devices, one of which has to be Nokia phone, and to qualify for the Open Screen Project Fund, applicants must use either Flash Lite®, or Adobe Air®. I may be not so smart, but what has all this to do with "Open"?
In my book, Open means a transparent development model, access to specifications, standards, and compliance tests. The FAQ mentions something like the Open Source Media Framework, which is a project that requires.... tada... again the proprietary Adobe Flash platform. OSMF is also out of the scope of the Open Screen Project, and not enough in itself to call the entire effort "Open".
All that said, the website itself showcases the use of Flash, and does an excellent job advertizing why someone should never use Flash. Visit the site, in any browser you prefer, and you will see the following performance graph:
This means that the premier site to advertise Flash, uses all of your CPU showing eye candy, even when the browser is minimized, effectively hurting the performance of the entire machine. If the Open Screen Project really does what it promises, to "enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere", Nokia has no chance winning the smart phone war if it is so easy to lock up your phone and render it useless.