Flash Petition (Was Re: FreeBSD as a Desktop Article)

Eric Anderson anderson at centtech.com
Mon Jan 9 05:11:06 PST 2006


Nikolas Britton wrote:

>On 1/8/06, Marc G. Fournier <scrappy at hub.org> wrote:
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>>On Thu, 5 Jan 2006, Nikolas Britton wrote:
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>>>On 1/5/06, Frank Laszlo <laszlof at vonostingroup.com> wrote:
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>>>>Kövesdán Gábor wrote:
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>>>>>Nikolas Britton wrote:
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>>>>>>On 1/4/06, James Cornell <speedydemon at shadowdev.org> wrote:
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>>>>>>never mind, I just made one so go sign it!!!
>>>>>>http://www.petitiononline.com/flash4me/petition.html
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>>>>>I've signed it and posted it to a Hungarian open-source community, but
>>>>>I think it would be nice if somebody from the doc team can add it to
>>>>>the news on the website, so I cc'd freebsd-doc@, I hope this helps
>>>>>geting Adobe to release a working Flash for FreeBSD.
>>>>>
>>>>>Regards,
>>>>>
>>>>>Gabor Kovesdan
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>>>>>
>>>>Not to rain on the parade, but since when has one of those online
>>>>petitions done any good?
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>>>It may be trivial but at least I did something to rectify it. Talking
>>>about are problems will get us nowhere unless we also do. Do you have
>>>a better plan of action?
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>>The problem is, anyone can sign a petition, even those that don't, nor
>>will ever, use the software, which is what makes them meaningless :(
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>>You really need to get someone on the inside that is using FreeBSD and
>>push from that direction ... unless its a product you can pay for, and
>>then you make the dollars speak for you ...
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>I make all IT, purchasing, decisions at my company. I suspect most
>other senior IT folk also make or have strong influence in,
>purchasing, decisions at their company's. What are the demographics
>for people who use FreeBSD? I suspect a higher then normal percentage
>of senior IT folk make up the ranks. Here's an excellent example of
>the point I'm trying to make: Last year my company wanted to build a
>flash website. I put my foot down and said no, not everyone can use or
>see flash websites. Macromedia lost a $999 dollar sale.
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Same here - I also host several domains on a colocated server, and I 
tell everyone who is getting a site done to refuse flash for their 
website creation.  I point them in other directions, and cite that flash 
is not visible to everyone.  I'm sure I've stopped the sale of at least 
10 macromedia sales, not to mention the sites that use flash to display 
product information losing business from those of us that are using a 
FreeBSD desktop and want to order something online.  I get frustrated, 
and find another site selling the product, or skip the purchase altogether.


Eric



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