what happened to linuxflashplugin?

James oscartheduck at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 20:05:36 UTC 2008

Jonathan McKeown wrote:
> 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
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I read the license and noted the same thing, which is why I went ahead 
and installed the linux flash plugin with a clear licensual conscience, 
though feeling a small pang of guilt as my inner RMS yelled at me. Maybe 
we should ask the maintainer to reevaluate the license?


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