Flash Player on FreeBSD

Jeff Cross jeff.cross at averageadmins.com
Mon Apr 10 01:26:35 UTC 2006

I have seen a number of e-mails lately about a petition for having a
native Flash Player for the FreeBSD operating system.  I have noticed
that the flashplayer* plugin has been removed from the ports tree and I
understand why.  But, what needs to happen to allow FreeBSD users to use
 the Flash Player plugin?

I just saw where Verizon and Adobe have come to an agreement to allow
Verizon to put the Flash Player on their mobile phones.


Would it be possible to approach Adobe about getting this kind of
agreement for FreeBSD?  I mean, their EULA says the software can't be
used on the Windows XP Media Center operating system (unless I have
misread this, please correct me if I'm wrong). There are a number of
laptops coming out now with the Media Center OS on them.  Don't you
think they run Flash Player on them?

I'm not trying to kick a dead horse here.  Like I said earlier, I know
this has been discussed time and time again.  But, I thoroughly enjoy
using FreeBSD.  I rarely boot in to Windows any more.  As much as I hate
to admit it, it just feels natural to visit a Flash enabled web site and
have it work on FreeBSD.  Even though I don't visit that many (on
purpose anyway), when I do I like to see what I visited the site to see,
even if that happens to be Flash enabled content.

And, I'm sure there is more to this than I realize, but isn't the
flashplayer plugin running on Linux, even in FreeBSD, due to the Linux
Binary Compatibility?  I just thought it was worth a shot! :)

I also blogged about this so if you'd care to comment on my blog, the
URL is:


I'm sure I'm not as smart as most of you guys, and don't claim to be,
but I am willing to help!

Jeff Cross

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