Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Latest "Feature" from Adobe: Software Cannot be Uninstalled Without Adobe's Help

I was just looking to fix an installation of Adobe Flash, and stumbled across this little "tip" from the Adobe site:

Due to recent enhancements to the Adobe Flash Player installers, you can now remove the player only by using the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller.

So when Adobe goes out of business one day, or maybe just decides to screw us all, we will all have software on our computers that can never be removed? When and how did we let this happen?

It might be time to give a little donation to Gnash.

(And before anyone says Adobe will never go under, just remember that Jim Collins pegged Fannie Mae and Circuit City as companies "built to last" in "Good to Great," one of the best selling business books of all time.)

UPDATE: An Adobe blogger promised that the uninstaller will not be required once Flash 10 is released. Why is there no indication that this is a beta uninstaller on that Adobe website? And isn't that just a promise that someday they will remove their ability to mess with our machines? How much is that really worth, doesn't it dodge the issue?