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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RE[3]: I don't get it
by lucas_maximus on Sat 30th Jul 2011 14:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I don't get it"
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

You are slightly exaggerating how difficult it is to install since most websites will include a link to Adobe flash when it is detected that it isn't installed.

Firefox actually prompts you to install when it encounters flash content ... and you can add the plugin via Firefox's interface ... I am sure Chrome already has Chrome included ... I can't remember now.

Really, all of these including Windows are rediculous. Regardless of OS, the browser should simply offer to install the flashplayer plugin from it's normal plugin repository on first use like it would with any other media plugin. The framework for install and update delivery exists already.


Yes I agree with the sentiment, Fuduntu (new Linux distro based off Fedora) much like mandriva, is including flash. It is licensed.

Would be nice if Flash was just included in Windows and they would release a source distribution so that it would be possible to patch for OSs like OpenBSD.

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