concerning flash under freebsd

Programmer in Training pit at
Tue Jun 15 22:48:26 UTC 2010

Quoting Chuck Swiger <cswiger at>:

Please see last line of sig.

> On Jun 15, 2010, at 3:11 PM, Programmer in Training wrote:
>> Quoting Chuck Swiger <cswiger at>:
>>> Adobe supports Windows, MacOSX, Linux, and Solaris (from    
>>> ).  If it is    
>>> important to you that Flash works well, you should either persuade  
>>>   Adobe to provide a FreeBSD version, or you should switch to  
>>> using   one of the platforms on which Flash is supported.
>> I had little of the problems described in the original post (aside   
>> from needing an alias for killing flash, I never actually thought   
>> of making one until now). It doesn't change the fact that "Don't   
>> install it." isn't a valid option.
> Evidently so, for some people.
>> I also take issue with the "well use a supported OS" schtick.
> I'm not sure that last word means what you think it means.  Try   
> reading Adobe's EULA:
> "3.1 General Use. You may install and Use one copy of the Software   
> on your Compatible Computer.  See Section 4 for important   
> restrictions on the Use of the Software.
> 3.2 Server Use. This agreement does not permit you to install or Use  
>  the Software on a computer file server.  For information on Use of   
> Software on a computer file server please refer to [ ... ]
> 4.1 Adobe Runtime Restrictions. You will not Use any Adobe Runtime   
> on any non-PC device or with any embedded or device version of any   
> operating system. For the avoidance of doubt, and by example only,   
> you may not Use an Adobe Runtime on any (a) mobile device, set top   
> box (STB), handheld, phone, game console, TV, DVD player, media   
> center (other than with Windows XP Media Center Edition and its   
> successors), electronic billboard or other digital signage, Internet  
>  appliance or other Internet-connected device, PDA, medical device,   
> ATM, telematic device, gaming machine, home automation system,   
> kiosk, remote control device, or any other consumer electronics   
> device, (b) operator-based mobile, cable, satellite, or television   
> system or (c) other closed system device. No right or license to Use  
>  any Adobe Runtime is granted for such prohibited uses."
> Are you running Samba or NFS filesharing?  Or is your machine a   
> mini-ITX box which might be considered an "Internet-connected   
> device" rather than a normal PC?  There's a reason why the FreeBSD   
> precompiled packages can't include Flash-- the project is forbidden   
> from redistributing it.

That's actually fairly restrictive (and retarded). Why does it have  
official Linux support, though? You can run Samaba or NFS filesharing  
on any of those (and hey, what about file-sharing amongst Windows  
computers?). Stupid Adobe.

Yours in Christ,

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