Fixed the link. Sorry.
Also, where do they specify Premiere and Photoshop?
They didn’t specify Premier and Photoshop. The article said “sophisticated software for photo and video editing”, and the company is Adobe, so there’s only a finite number of apps they could be talking about. Could be Elements, could be After Effects. Could be some of them. Could be all of them.
I think that this would be good for artists and not so good for open source if it were to prove to be a viable business model. But, frankly, I think companies usually get this stuff wrong… either they try to put restrictions on use (free for non-commercial uses but…) or they hobble it beyond usefulness, or something like that. If they offer it for free but hobbled or only for personal use or with other such restrictions, nothing will change, I think, since unhobbled versions are already “free” for personal use to anybody with an internet connection and a bookmark to piratebay.org. I am of course not endorsing this kind of dastardly activity but I hear through the grapevine that everybody (except me) does it.
If they offered it for free including commercial use, then there’d be a big question as to whether they could make enough money using ads alone to keep the quality high.
Still, it’s interesting to me that companies like Adobe are tossing ideas like this around.
And i don’t think that GIMP will be blow away , cause it’s open source , you can learn from the code , change stuff if you want/can .
And that’s the big point that open source software has , and proprietary software will ( i think ) never have .
Open source software will never, ever go away. However, it could return to its original place in the world as a marginalized, inaccessible, coders-only thing that nobody cared about for its functionality, only for the novelty of being able to tweak the code. And this would be unfortunate, since the ideas (and ideals) behind open source deserve a wider audience.
I have to say though, I think it’s unlikely. I think that the future does not look bright for proprietary digital content.
BUT, will they be open sourced?
That, I seriously doubt. Revolutionizing one’s business plan is one thing, flat out corporate suicide is something else. Although that would be great for open source… It would bring a new meaning to the word GimpShop…