A petition has been started with the aim of persuading Adobe to keep Flash alive - by turning over the code to the open source community.
Last week, the company announced it was to kill off the little-loved app in 2020 after most web browsers made it click to play and companies like Google shifted applications like video playing to HTML 5.
But Juha Lindsted who began the petition (on that well known social action site, Github), described it (and Adobe Shockwave) as "an important piece of Internet history".
Most convincingly he argued that "killing Flash and Shockwave means future generations can't access the past. Games, experiments and websites would be forgotten."
The open source community could no doubt fix the most egregious security flaws that undermined Flash. Indeed, Adobe once released a 79 patches in a single month for its Flash Player.
Lindsted continues: "Open sourcing Flash spec would be a good solution to keep Flash projects alive safely for archive reasons.
"Don't know how, but that's the beauty of open source: you never know what will come up after you go open source! There might be a way to convert swf/fla to HTML5/canvas/webgl/webassembly, or some might write a standalone player for it."
Pleading directly with Adobe, Lindsted added: "We understand that there are licensed components you can not release. Simply leave them out with a note explaining what was removed. We will either bypass them, or replace them with open source alternatives."
This is what Google did with Pepper for Chrome - and it didn't work.
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