Linked by V. Deseinture on Fri 29th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Unlike Apple and Microsoft, and despite numerous demands from their users, Linux distributions have been traditionally unable to directly ship the popular Adobe Flash Player with their packages, due to the closed source nature of the software and the restrictive license chosen by Adobe. While it does seems shorter than a regular EULA made by Microsoft with all the legalese that goes with it, it does still restrict redistribution in most cases, and the FAQ seemed to be clear about that point.
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by Gullible Jones on Sat 30th Jul 2011 01:27 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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Except that in this case, much of the internet won't work at all without it. And yes, we can whine all we want about how dumb that is - overuse of Flash is dumb - but that won't change the situation, at least not for a while.

IMO we need functionality by default, not ideology. Proprietary software may be inconvenient at times, but it is definitely here to stay, and if the Linux crowd doesn't cotton onto that idea their operating system will probably die off on the desktop.

Edit: oh yeah, just to be clear, I use Linux.

Edited 2011-07-30 01:30 UTC

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