Petition! Ask Macromedia for a native Flash Player!

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Mon Mar 20 08:13:32 UTC 2006

On 2006-03-19 12:06, Joshua Tinnin <krinklyfig at> wrote:
>On Sat 18 Mar 06 08:52,
>"Charles A. Landemaine" <landemaine at> wrote:
>> If we want FreeBSD/PC-BSD to thrive, we need more and more support
>> from the big guys.
>> Having a native version of the Flash Player is necessary. But I think
>> it's not so hard to get this release from Macromedia, it just takes a
>> minute to fill out a feature request form:
>> ;)
>> Together we are strong, if you would like to help, please ask
>> Macromedia to release a native FreeBSD Flash plugin. Then, spread the
>> word in BSD forums to ask people to do it too!
>> Please reply to this thread to have a rough idea how many people
>> asked Macromedia for this feature.
> I filled it out. I don't have much faith in these sorts of efforts,
> but it would be nice if they did this, and I don't think it would take
> much work on their part.

I filled this form too.

I don't have much faith in 'feedback forms' either, unless there is
ample evidence that someone is indeed reading and replying to *all*

I don't think that commercial companies only account for the amount of
effort of the porting though.  They have to account for all sorts of
other things too, i.e. supporting the released binaries and how much bad
things which may happen can cost to the ``fame'' of the company (among
other things).

Having said that, I hate Flash, because it makes pages very unusable for
me most of the time.  Some of the pains involve the inability to use a
text-based browser for quicky accesses, the inability to select a font
size that matches my preference, the inability to copy text from and to
flash elements, etc. etc.

I still filled the form, because some times it's impossible to access a
page AT ALL if Flash is not available.

- Giorgos

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