what happened to linuxflashplugin?

Reid Linnemann lreid at cs.okstate.edu
Mon Feb 11 18:50:08 UTC 2008

Written by Jonathan McKeown on 02/11/08 12:36>>
> On Monday 11 February 2008 16:40, Heiko Wundram (Beenic) wrote:
>> Am Montag, 11. Februar 2008 15:32:26 schrieb Erich Dollansky:
>>> Hi,
>>> Reid Linnemann wrote:
>>>>   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. """
> OK, I followed the link above and was redirected to 
> <http://www.adobe.com/products/eulas/players>. I followed the link to Flash 
> and found:
> 2.1  General Use. You may install and Use a copy of the Software on your 
> compatible Computer, up to the Permitted Number of computers. The Software 
> may not be shared, installed or used concurrently on different computers. See 
> Section 3 for important restrictions on the Use of Adobe Reader and Web 
> Players.
> and the restriction under section 3:
> 3.1  Web Player Prohibited Devices. You may not Use any Web Player on any 
> non-PC device or with any embedded or device version of any operating system.
> I didn't wade through every word of the agreement, but as far as I can see, 
> the licence everyone is talking about appears not to exist - and this, 
> apparently the replacement, seems to be dated 20060607.
> Are we sure the licence still bans FreeBSD?
> Jonathan

The information I posted appears to be irrelevant now; from
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=ports/96374 the license issue
appears to be resolved, but FreeBSD is still not permitted to
"distribute" linux-flashplugin, that right being reserved by
"authorized" operating systems and thus requiring the restricted flag.
But they don't prohibit individual user from grabbing flash for FreeBSD
on their own.

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