Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Nov 2008 22:14 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation While most people detest Flash for its rather resource intensive operation, and its role in creating really annoying websites where the back and forward buttons don't work, the tool does have an important place on the web. Most internet video players, such as Youtube's, run using Flash, and as such, it's kind of important to be able to run it. eComStation has just taken the first few steps to being able to run the official Flash player - Mensys has received permission from Adobe to distribute the Windows version with eCS, which with a bit of work will work on eCS using ODIN. "This is a first step but the legal block is gone now," Mensys' Roderick Klein writes, "The writing of the code to run the Flash DLL is the next big step!"
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RE: Excellent!
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 28th Nov 2008 21:43 UTC in reply to "Excellent!"
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Cool! Flash plugin + safe internet surfing (no viruses) => eComStation is the best internet platform now -:)

Huh? I don't get it; how is eComStation supposedly "better" than, say, Linux, Mac OS X and other UNIX-like systems out there, just because it's finally getting Flash support--something that could be done for a while now on other systems? It's even possible in FreeBSD as far as I know, using the Linux compatibility layer to run the Linux version of Firefox (or Wine and the Windows version, but there goes security...).

Are those OSes somehow insecure, prone to getting damaged, and easily infested with viruses? I think not. Plus, they don't cost a whopping $250+ bucks just to use (well, a Mac might, since you need the hardware too...). I would guess there's less software selection on eComStation too (I don't recall ever, EVER seeing a download link to an OS/2 or eCS version of *any* program. Ever.).

So seriously, how is it better? It sure doesn't win on cost against Linux, and I seriously doubt it has much/any better security compared to any of the others.

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