Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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by marcp on Tue 27th Jul 2010 08:49 UTC
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Well, actually you are *not* forced to do it. Even more: by doing it you are helping them grow strong and de facto a standard for the masses.
Not using it = not supporting it.
Flash can be played without Adobe Plugin [mplayerplug-in for FX], and there are numerous apps for video conferencing, not only Skype ...

Personally I don't use it because I simply don't trust it. Adobe and Skype had many security and privacy issues in the past and they [Adobe Inc. and Skype] are still showing me that they actually don't care about users security.

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