Flash viewer for FBSD

C. P. Ghost cpghost at cordula.ws
Sat Mar 6 10:54:21 UTC 2010

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 11:53 PM, Jerry <gesbbb at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Adobe, a commercial entity, obviously feels that the cost of
> supporting the FreeBSD community is not a financially prudent business
> venture.

Well, that's their decision, of course. However, Linux and FreeBSD
aren't so far apart either, at least on the API level. After all, they ARE
more or less POSIX systems. It shouldn't be too hard for Adobe to
tweak their Linux or Solaris Flash port so that it compiles cleanly
on FreeBSD too. How complicated could that be? We're adapting
software in /usr/ports all the time, and that's no black magic either.

IIRC, there was a thread a while ago about what Adobe expects of
FreeBSD so that they can port their Flash player -- or was that
NVIDIA? I don't remember exactly what they needed though...
Maybe something about memory mapping? Hmmm...

> In the finally analysis, it is their product to do with as
> they see fit, unless the socialist EC starts to stick their fascist
> nose into someone else's business. Adobe never stated that they would
> support FreeBSD; at least as far as I can tell. That would sort of
> eliminate any pseudo "Breach of Contract" accusation against them.

If they provided an obscure product, or a product for which alternatives
existed, EC wouldn't care. But with near-monopoly of an increasingly
ubiquitous format comes great responsibility. In the eyes of the EC,
a company shouldn't be allowed to abuse their monopolistic power
to lock out competitors. IMHO, they are quite right on this point, though
you are free to disagree. ;-)

> --
> Jerry
> gesbbb at yahoo.com


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