concerning flash under freebsd

Chris Whitehouse cwhiteh at
Thu Jun 17 11:17:50 UTC 2010

Programmer in Training wrote:
> Quoting Polytropon <freebsd at>:
>> On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 15:49:56 -0600, Programmer in Training  
>> <pit at> wrote:
>>> Almost all Internet video
>>> has moved to flash as well (such as all the sermons on
>>> which my church uses).
>> That's all within transition. Currently, big video portals are
>> moving to HTML5, often including the wish to also use free and
>> open standards for their videos so they can access a bigger
> That's a no-go, I have it on good authority that h.264 was chosen over 
> Theora. That along with mpeg-la having put out a press release saying it 
> won't charge royalties for "free" uses of some of it's patents several 
> months ago[0], while I would love for Theora to have won out as the 
> standard, once again corporate interest (this time a big push from 
> Apple, from what I understand) has won out.

And Mozilla won't use H264. Also add into the mix that Google has just 
bought VP8 and open sourced it. Mozilla supports VP8 but Apple is 
already dissing it:

So I think we have a very long way to go before we can stop using flash 
for web based video.

(According to wikipedia Theora is a fork of VP3 which the developer On2 
released some time ago. VP6 made into macromedia flash codec. So On2's 
codecs have a long history of video on the web.)

> won't support it. But that's all irregardless to the OPs question of 
> bugginess on FreeBSD. If the Linux emulation isn't enough and there is 
> no option but to switch to an entirely different platform, why even 
> provide such an option? Linux emulation takes up a lot of resources 
> (space wise on the drive).

Flash video works absolutely fine here and there is a lot of great 
content and interesting and entertaining material out there. I'm really 
grateful to the FreeBSD developers for getting it working so well :)

FreeBSD muji2.config 8.0-RELEASE-p2 FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-p2 #0: Wed Mar 
24 11:51:43 GMT 2010     root at muji2.config:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC 
flashblock 1.5.13  # This may be a critical feature of a successful 
flash intallation.


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