Some days ago Mr. Mike Melanson of Adobe Flash's Linux port fame posted in Penguin.SWF blog about the news of H.264 coded support in Flash. Nice, a new codec. But there's a question that doesn't want to be silenced:
What about a nice, clear and objective answer about the availability of a 64bit version of the Flash plugin?
I know "Requests for such features as alternate operating system or CPU architecture support are more suited for the Adobe Wish Form", but come on. We users don't get any answer at all, clear or not, about it since yesteryear (21th july 2006 to be more precise), and submitting something to the Adobe Wish Form is just like waiting an answer from a cold, silent tombstone. At least Mr. Melanson talks to us from time to time, but his apparent policy of not discussing 64bit at all is such a denial mode that makes us think what's going on inside Adobe's corporate mind (as I believe he would like to be able to discuss it but his Management prevents him from doing so).
I posted something around these lines in the comments' session of his blog, knowing the odds that such comment would not be approved were high, but sincerely, people are starting to get fed of Adobe's silence (as increasingly frequent comments like "64-bit version or die" are quite revealing). Why have plugin versions to computer minorities as Linux-x86 and Solaris and deny Linux-amd64 users? Sincerely I would feel better if only Win32 versions were available, so the F/OSS community would reinvent itself again and bring up a free-as-in-speech multiplatform competitor with its proper creative tools (maybe even with a little help from the ones like Google, who has a huge interest in online media and owns two video-sharing portals) instead of settling for less and an implicit promise to deliver it "when it fits company's mood". This wait is a deja-vú of the XFree86's slowness before Keith Packard gently triggered the chain reaction who generated the XOrg's revolution, but in Flash's case it's closed source and closed-spec. Adobe's position about the PDF format represents a good balance between openness and commercial interests, but the same doesn't apply to Flash.
I and others recognize the efforts of some valiant people inside Adobe's headquarters to bring updated versions of the technology and to be more open and I hope they'll prevail and Adobe's management will understand this current window of opportunity to stay relevant in the rich media for the internet in the next decade.
People get fed, and not aways in the Gnash's sense. Sometimes it's in OpenOffice.org/ODF's sense (full creative suite that was the motivator and currently implements the ISO standard for office documents). Maybe Adobe will understand this before it's too late.