“I don’t believe in OS or Flash, I just believe in me.”
Back when OSFlash was really taking off in the last quarter of 2005, many of us who had projects with OSFlash.org made our way to Spark in Amsterdam and I have to say, that was a great time! And it was a time that really galvanized some of us in our OS efforts.
That being said, I wish to put my thoughts out about being apart of Open Source projects and contributing time to them and what it means to me.
At Spark, we heard a term: “Open Source Mafia”. That REALLY took me by surprise. What in the world were they talking about? My surprise was based on the thought that alot of the Flash code up to that point had nearly always been shared and open and I considered OSFlash.org to be an official place for those types of projects – that’s it! But with this new wave of OS work and the types of projects that were coming out of OSFlash, it was clear that despite what I may have thought OSFlash was, the perception was much greater – hence the “mafia” label.
I sat in on an Open Source panel at Spark and had thought “hey, this is cool, we’ll get to talk about flash projects and so on”. What transpired was a complete shock to me. Yes, at first, we had some great questions about being involved with OS and how it impacted us personally. But then we found that people had some real reservations about OS and the intentions of people involved with it. I was utterly surprised to realize that people actually thought we might be “anti” Adobe or anti-corporate etc. Nothing could have been further from the truth, but yet, people really thought we or *I* might have some sort of agenda. It was a really crazy time. I can’t say I blame them though – Red5 was brand new and making tremendous headway, and I know that’s what brought most of the heat.
We’re nearly 2 years removed from that time in Amsterdam, and I still get comments that assume I’m a crusader for Open Source initiatives. DOOD, once and for all: I don’t believe in OS or Flash, I just believe in me. Yes, that’s a hacked quote from John Lennon (I don’t believe in the Beatles, I just believe in me).
Recently, I had chance to give comment on a project, and all went well, but at certain points, I was challenged by people who seem to think I carry an OS Flash flag around championing Free code for all good men. It’s not true. I don’t. They thought my motivation was anti-capitalism – it’s not. I’m not a purist, I’m not anti-adobe, I’m not anti-capitalism – I’m just ME. Ok, I’m anti-spam, but that’s it.
You wanna know what makes me tick? Here’s the honest truth: I like control of my time. That’s it. You wanna figure me out? Make sure you let me do what I want in my free time. It really is as simple as that.
There’s the attraction to OS right there – it allows me control. Control over features, control over deadlines, control over look, control over naming conventions, control over the length of my hair. Ok, that’s silly, but you get my point. I work in flash, I love flash. If you don’t believe me, just look at my blog and sample work. It’s all Flash all the time. And I like working in an environment where friends of mine can chip in with ideas and we work together to rock something out. Red5, Papervision3D, Xray are all great examples of that. People request changes, people want to help out, pitch in – its an awesome experience and it’s contagious.
And another thing: I dig the folks at Adobe. NO they’re not paying me, no, they’re not distant relations. They’re nice to me at conferences, they include me in discussions, and seem to value my opinion on topics from time to time. They’ve helped me out TREMENDOUSLY with software, for which I would struggle greatly financially to cover the costs – yes, that’s the down side to OS 😉
Flash is Flash, we all have to remember that. And its a very small Flash world. We all participate in OS at some level, we all participate in for-profit flashing. It’s a great eco\m/system and I’m glad to be apart of it.
Now, before I forget…
ROCK ON \m/