what happened to linuxflashplugin?
freebsd-lists-erik at erikosterholm.org
Wed Feb 13 22:14:55 UTC 2008
On Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 04:34:21PM -0500, Gerard wrote:
> Interestingly enough, I just did a quick perusal of the URLs I frequent,
> and virtually all of them, in one form or another, asked for 'Flash'.
> Even 'sourceforge.net' greeted me with this friendly message:
> You need to install the Macromedia Flash Player plug-in to view all
> content on this page. Do you want to download this plug-in now?
> IMHO, for an individual to state that Flash is not a relevant issue
> simply because they choose not to employ it, is similar to patient
> claiming that cancer research is a waste of time simply because they
> are not afflicted with the condition.
Bad analogies are like a leaky screwdriver.
All throughout this thread, there have been people mixing up issues.
It's true that Flash is used on many, many websites, but one of the
earliest "complaints" I saw regarded Flash-only sites--sites which
require Flash in order to navigate. These sites seem fairly rare. It
is manipulative and misleading to argue that because so many sites
/make use of Flash/, then /Flash has become an integral part of the
web/. I browse with Flash disabled all of the time, only enabling it
specifically when I need it to use the web site. It certainly
happens--but it's not a constant thing. I'm aware that Flash content
exists on the pages I view, but most of the time it's supplemental,
and the page degrades quite nicely without it.
All of this is largely irrelevant, however. If you want Flash on
FreeBSD, you have a few options:
- Petition Adobe to release an official version and/or reduce the
phantom restrictions on the binaries so that they can run under
- Contribute to the Gnash project.
- Modify the appropriate files under /usr/ports and install it, as
others have pointed out is possible.
If you want to use FreeBSD but you don't care about Flash, you have
- Complain to companies when their web site uses Flash poorly.
- Don't go to those websites.
It doesn't do any good to go around complaining on this list, as the
people on this list aren't really in any position to do anything.
 Others have pointed out that this restriction doesn't seem to
actually exist anymore.
 Except remove the restriction from the ports tree, assuming the
license is acceptable, and /possibly/ make it easier to install, since
so many users seem to have trouble with it.
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