Fwd: Macromedia Customer Service Request [8542731]

Michael Vince mv at thebeastie.org
Wed Apr 26 03:38:46 UTC 2006

Chad Gross wrote:

>Hello all,
>This is the letter that Macromedia support sent back to me. We now
>have documentation which allows us to put the Flash plugin back in
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Service <service at macromedia.com>
>Date: Apr 24, 2006 5:55 PM
>Subject: Macromedia Customer Service Request [8542731]
>To: Chad Gross <avatar4d at gmail.com>
>Hi Chad,
>Thank you for contacting Customer Service at Macromedia, now part of
>Adobe Systems.
>I understand your feedback on the compatibility of Flash Player on BSD.
>Please note that Flash Player is not supported in FreeBSD, thus it not
>mentioned on the End User License Agreement that Flash Player can be
>downloaded and installed on the operating system.  It is not that the
>web player is prohibited in FreeBSD, but the operating system itself
>is not compatible with Player.
>Please note that it is your option whether to install Flash Player on
>your FreeBSD; however, please note that we cannot provide you with any
>technical support, warranties or remedies for the software, although
>it is clearly stated on the End User License Agreement, the only
>authorized operating systems where you may download and install Flash
>To view the System Requirements of Flash Player, you may go to:
Its interesting that you can't run Flash inside Linux inside FreeBSD 
I mean does it matter what level you are at? The Linux emulation are a 
rather complete linux binary install simply because the host operating 
system is different shouldn't make it illegal.
If I run flash player from inside Windows XP from FreeBSD as host via a 
emulator such as Bochs or VMware does this mean I am still breaking the 
law? I don't see any difference its the exact same thing, although its a 
slightly different emulation method its still not being used via the 
master host OS that they allow.

So technically if follow their rules if you run FreeBSD inside windows 
XP via VMware you should be allowed to run the flash player.


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