what happened to linuxflashplugin?

Reid Linnemann lreid at cs.okstate.edu
Mon Feb 11 15:04:33 UTC 2008

Written by Heiko Wundram (Beenic) on 02/11/08 08:40>>
> Am Montag, 11. Februar 2008 15:32:26 schrieb Erich Dollansky:
>> Hi,
>> Reid Linnemann wrote:
>>> Written by James on 02/10/08 21:59>>
>>>> I just tried a portupgrade out and it failed on linux flashplugin.
>>>> Apparently, none of the file exist in the ftp repositories anymore. Any
>>>> idea what happened there?
>>>> James
>>> from /usr/ports/UPDATING:
>>> 2006-04-08
>>> Affects: users of www/linux-flashplugin*
>>> Author: hrs at FreeBSD.org
>>> Reason:
>>>   These ports have been removed because the End User License Agreement
>>>   explicitly forbids to run the Flash Player on FreeBSD.
>>>   For more details, see
>>>     http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/license/desktop/.
>> I could not find the word FreeBSD in the license agreement.
>> BSD also does not appear there.
> Read this (in the license agreement):
> """...
> For the avoidance of doubt, no embedded or device versions of the above 
> operating systems, or any other operating systems, are included as Authorized 
> Operating Systems.
> ...
> 2.1    You may install and use the Software on a single desktop or laptop 
> computer that runs an Authorized Operating System. A license for the Software 
> may not be shared, installed or used concurrently on different computers.
> """
> ...where "Authorized Operating Systems" is only Windows, Linux, Solaris and 
> Mac OS as defined before the initial sentence, and as such, there's no clause 
> that allows you to use the software on BSDs, and finally, that makes it 
> forbidden to use on BSDs.
> This is another reason why Flash is bad, bad, bad. Am I repeating myself?

There appears to be an echo in this room....

FWIW, should you accidentally comment out the "RESTRICTED" declaration
in the port Makefile, and the plugin tarball mysteriously materialize in
/usr/ports/distfiles, you could perhaps accidentally install the port
and put yourself in violation of the license (you naughty boy you).

I couldn't find the flashplugin-7 tarball anywhere, but the
flashplugin-9 tarball is at
(so you can download it for your linux machines, duh ;) )

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