Warnock and Geschke on Apple’s “walled garden”

John Warnock and Chuck Geschke

Adobe founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke have posted a statement on the Adobe website.

Have to side with Adobe on this one.


3 thoughts on “Warnock and Geschke on Apple’s “walled garden”

  1. Mark Hebert says:

    I would respectfully disagree.

    See: http://mrgan.tumblr.com/post/653708588/the-walled-garden

    So the “Walled Garden” analogy is refuted.

    This is Adobe here, and when their turf is encroached upon they go nuts, as Warnock did when Apple and Microsoft introduced TrueType. And that is all it is, a turf battle.

    • Tim Cole says:

      Well, the article doesn’t refute the analogy, it affirms it. What it does is argue that a walled garden isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

      I agree it’s a turf war, but to my mind Apple is repeating mistakes of 20 years ago.

      In this case, I have a fundamental problem with Apple dictating how products can be delivered rather than letting users decide what apps they want to use on their phones.

      • Mark Hebert says:

        I meant it refutes that it is a bad thing. Just look at the mess Google’s Adroid app market has become. Verily, the wild west online.

        I think Apple is Apple, and it won’t change it’s approach. I see no difference between the Apple of 1989 and 2010. Insular and arrogant and wildly innovative. But I see that they are not repeating some of the same mistakes of the past, like letting software companies dictate their business. Hence, Adobe and it’s PR machine howling over Flash exclusion. A big market they are excluded from and won’t be dictating to Apple about. Apple doesn’t need Adobe like they use to. Nor Microsoft. Apple, it has been said, looks after Apple first, consumers second and the developer last. And as a consumer I want things easy, and Apple does deliver on that for me. I really can live quite well without Flash and not be lesser for it.

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