[SPAM] Re: Flash Player on FreeBSD

Frank Laszlo laszlof at vonostingroup.com
Wed Apr 12 14:46:27 UTC 2006

Ádám Szilveszter wrote:
> Ok, after reading all of this, I start to wonder... There is lots of
> talk about asking Macromedia for a flash player for FreeBSD, some
> would be even ready to pay up...
> At the same time, I see little to no movements in creating alternative
> flash players... as if it was a natural given that only Macromedia
> software could be used to ever touch flash. Interesting. <Irony> Why
> no fundraise for an MS Office port for FreeBSD then? </Irony>

> Unfortunately in the past there were some attempts here and there with
> alternatives but they are mostly abandoned by now, except for the GNU
> sponsored project which is n very early stage. It would be interesting
> to know why this is so? (Apart from major lazyness on the part of many
> open source developers who consider that since they can use their
> Linux boxes with the Macromedia software, there is no problem to
> solve)

Laziness has nothing to do with it, most open source developers have
other (paying) jobs that are more important than a non-paying hobby.
> As for "only occasional" releases (that you even pay for!) just to be
> something for FreeBSD: no thanks. We already had that with the
> "official" Netscape binaries for FreeBSD: it was really major fun to
> load all the compatibility crap because their application only ever
> existed in aout format. Such things also become outdated. This is not
> the way. Imagine if Macromedia once released a version 5 binary for
> FreeBSD and that's all you'd be left with until say version 9. Good
> luck with using that on today's sites.
This is only speculation, As long as there is a market, macromedia will
continue to release software.
> If you want to raise money, raise it to support the development of an
> alternative open source flash player so that everybody can make use of
> it.
Ok, so we need to get macromedia open release the technical
specifications for the flash format to do this, and continue to release
updates for it as the time progresses, this isn't much different from
having them release a compatible version.


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