concerning flash under freebsd

Programmer in Training pit at
Thu Jun 17 13:42:27 UTC 2010

Quoting Chris Whitehouse <cwhiteh at>:

> Programmer in Training wrote:
>> Quoting Polytropon <freebsd at>:
>>> On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 15:49:56 -0600, Programmer in Training    
>>> <pit at> wrote:
>> 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.

Entirely my point.

> (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.)

That would seem to be supported by the Theora website[0].

>> 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
>  i386
> firefox-3.5.8,1
> linux-f10-flashplugin-10.0r42
> flashblock 1.5.13  # This may be a critical feature of a successful
> flash intallation.

Aside from npviewer not killing itself on exit and some sync issues,  
I've not had any problems, either. The need for Linux emulation,  
though, still stinks (mostly from a disk space pov).

Yours in Christ,

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