Some interesting comments on Flash, from Opera’s product analyst Phillip Grønvold:
“Today’s internet content is dependant on Flash,’ said Grønvold. ‘If you remove Flash you do not have today’s internet. We are trying to give the best internet experience for our users therefore we need Flash – there is no way to beat around that bush.
But at Opera we say that the future of the web is open web standards and Flash is not an open web standards technology. Flash does have its purposes and will have its purposes, the same as [Microsoft's] Silverlight and others, especially for dynamic content. But flash as a video container makes very little sense for CPU, WiFi battery usage etcetera – you can cook an egg on [devices] once you start running Flash on them and there’s a reason for that.”
In other words: Flash is a temporary fix to a problem which is going away.