Sun and Adobe, disappointing 64-bit laggardsWed 16 January 2008
Sun, who has been making 64 bit based computers (desktop machines even) since the Ultra 1 came out in 1995, hasn't been bothered to make a version of Java that can run applets on their own 64 bit OS??!?! Maybe the developers have been reading Jonathan's blog instead of coding?
Adobe, owner of the biggest binary-POS-vendor-lock-ins, called Flash, apparently can't write cross-platform code anymore. Maybe Flash was written in x86 assembly? Are there object files they lost the source code for? Who knows. The small but irritating Linux community sure is pissed at them, see the comments when they release a new version: http://blogs.adobe.com/penguin.swf/2007/12/flash_player_9_update_3_final.html
You would hope something as ubiquitous as Flash would be an ISO standard and be open.