Flash Player on FreeBSD

Michael Vince mv at thebeastie.org
Wed Apr 12 01:45:21 UTC 2006

Andrew Pantyukhin wrote:

>On 4/10/06, Jeff Cross <jeff.cross at averageadmins.com> wrote:
>>I wonder what got Linux on board?
>Well, what do you think? Do you think Microsoft paid Macromedia
>to include the player in Win98 or do you think Macromedia paid
>through the nose to get there?
>I think much effort should be spent to make hardware companies
>open specs. The open source world should make it clear that it is
>only to their benefit. Legislature should be encouraged. As for
>software technologies like flash - I think they are great. And while
>I might even donate a few bucks for them to be available in
>FreeBSD, but I really think that time should better be spent trying
>to develop SVG and such so we can forget about the proprietary
>hell we're stumbling upon every other day.
Sounds like your expecting expecting Macromedia to open source their 
flash work, this is never going to happen while it makes them money.

While I am sure Macromedia want to have flash player anywhere they can 
where its sure to return a profit for them I think your to far away in 
some ideal world to believe that Macromedia would spend maybe more then 
50k a year to provide top notch flash support on FreeBSD when I am quite 
sure they would be thinking the actual amount of users will probably be 
around 5,000 who would use their FreeBSD pc as their most common 
multimedia enabled browser.

I still think that a certain amount of money could be offered to 
Macromedia to port the linux version to FreeBSD even it was just a very 
occasional binary release, just having any binary module that is even 
not the latest would make a world of difference.
This seems like a very realistic goal to me.  As some companies who have 
created binary stuff for FreeBSD such as the Zend PHP encoder seem to 
work on a policy of doing a bit but not as much as they probably could, 
I am still using FreeBSD 4.x compat4 binary compatibility package so I 
can use the Zend PHP optimizer/encoder to encode PHP work on a FreeBSD 6 


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