Adobe donates Flash Player code to Mozilla

Adobe Systems has donated the source code behind its Flash Player to the open source Mozilla Foundation.

Adobe Systems has donated the source code behind its Flash Player to the open source Mozilla Foundation.

The software firm has contributed the source code for ActionScript Virtual Machine, the standards-based scripting language engine used in Flash Player, to Mozilla to support a new open source project, dubbed Tamarin.

Mozilla chief technology officer Brendan Eich said Adobe’s work on the new virtual machine was “the largest contribution to the Mozilla Foundation since its inception”.

He added, “Now web developers have a high-performance, open source virtual machine for building and deploying interactive applications across both Adobe Flash Player and the Firefox web browser. We are excited about joining the Adobe and Mozilla communities to advance ECMAScript.”

The Tamarin project aims to speed development of a standards-based approach to creating web applications. It will implement the final version of the ECMAScript Edition 4 standard language, which Mozilla will use in the next generation of SpiderMonkey, the JavaScript engine embedded in Mozilla’s Firefox web browser.

Contributions to the code will be managed by a governing body of developers from both Adobe and Mozilla.

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