state of flash on FreeBSD 7?

Gerard gerard at
Sun Mar 16 17:37:41 UTC 2008

On Sun, 16 Mar 2008 17:15:34 +0100
Roland Smith <rsmith at> wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 02:55:20PM +0000, LtCdData wrote:
> > 
> > So what's the deal with Flash? Occasionally, I will get a link on
> > YouTube/Google Video that looks interesting, but for the most part,
> > I've ignored them. Over the years, I have occasionally tried the
> > mozilla flash plugin, but that has always crashed my browser within
> > the first 10 minutes of use.
> > 
> > So for those of you using FreeBSD 7, what is the current state of
> > Flash? Can it be used regularly? Is it ready for the BSD desktop?
> > Caveats? Comments? Advice?
> For youtube, you can use the www/youtube-dl port to download them, and
> mplayer to play them.
> Alternatively, you can use the DownloadHelper add-on to download
> videos from several sites.

That kind of sucks. The idea is to  simply click on a link and have it
work. Adding extra software to accomplish what is already being done on
other operating systems is regression not progress.

> > I see flash popping on this list over and over, and as yet I have
> > not seen a solution that fully works. Yes I tried the wrappers,
> > gnash etc. on native firefox and opera with limited success,
> > however as others have also noted flash is now required, and as for
> > myself, fully working flash 9 is also.
> I for one am very glad to _not_ see all the annoying flash-based ads.

The simple fact that a site or precess requires 'flash' to display
correctly does not insinuate that the object is an advertisement. There
are several browser based add-ons that can handle to various degrees
pop-up advertisements, etc.

gerard at

Schizophrenia beats being alone.
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