Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2007 19:35 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "iXsystems announced an agreement with Adobe Systems that will allow the next version of PC-BSD to have a Flash-enabled browser available on a default installation. The Linux version of Adobe's popular Flash player will run on PC-BSD using FreeBSD's Linux compatibility layer." In other news, snapshots of the development branch of PC-BSD are now available and built three times a week.
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native Flash
by jackson on Wed 18th Apr 2007 19:56 UTC
jackson
Member since:
2005-06-29

This is nice for PC-BSD, but I really wish Adobe would release a native Flash plugin for the *BSDs in general.

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RE: native Flash
by vegai on Wed 18th Apr 2007 20:15 in reply to "native Flash"
vegai Member since:
2005-12-25

Is that even possible? For every BSD?

Perhaps by open-sourcing the whole crap, but that's probably beyond reality....

Edited 2007-04-18 20:15

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RE[2]: native Flash
by jackson on Wed 18th Apr 2007 20:41 in reply to "RE: native Flash"
jackson Member since:
2005-06-29

Sure, it's possible. There are really only 3 major BSDs: Free, Open, and Net. And if you really want cover 99.99% of the BSD market, add in Dragonfly. I would think there would be a way to release a plugin that runs on all those BSDs.

If not, just release it for FreeBSD, since that appears to have the largest userbase. I'm sure some enterprising souls in the other BSD camps could figure out a way to get a FreeBSD Flash plugin to work on their operating systems.

So: Adobe could create a single Flash plugin that works on these BSD's, or just release one for FreeBSD. Either one would be nice.

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RE: native Flash
by openwookie on Wed 18th Apr 2007 21:50 in reply to "native Flash"
openwookie Member since:
2006-04-25

This is nice for PC-BSD, but I really wish Adobe would release a native Flash plugin for the *BSDs in general.

Why?

There's nothing wrong the the *BSDs linux compatibility layer. This is what it is for, to run the binary only junk that is targeted at Linux (which is has a much bigger *audience than the BSDs combined I'm afraid).

Its not like there is a noticable performance hit by using it. If you have an example of why a "native binary" would be useful, I'd like to hear it.

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RE[2]: native Flash
by SlackerJack on Wed 18th Apr 2007 21:59 in reply to "RE: native Flash"
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2005-11-12

Then this means that all you'll ever get is the linux compatibility layer, the term 'layer' may answer your question why.

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RE[2]: native Flash
by Joe User on Wed 18th Apr 2007 23:47 in reply to "RE: native Flash"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

If you have an example of why a "native binary" would be useful, I'd like to hear it.

Many:

- Better support for sound
- More stability
- Less memory and CPU usage
- Less space usage on the CD-ROM
- No hack found on the web to have browsers work seemlessly with the plugin

Using the Linux Compat is no fun at all.

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RE[2]: native Flash
by jackson on Thu 19th Apr 2007 00:51 in reply to "RE: native Flash"
jackson Member since:
2005-06-29

Why? Are you serious? Because using Flash with the Linux compatibility layer, frankly, sucks. It's a hack. The Flash Plugin 7 works ok with Opera, but frequently crashes with Firefox and other browsers. And Flash 9 doesn't really work at all on any browser. Just cruise over to bsdforums.org and check out the many posts about Flash problems.

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RE[2]: native Flash
by Oliver on Thu 19th Apr 2007 01:04 in reply to "RE: native Flash"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Most people don't like the thought intalling half of a Linux system just because of a Flash plugin.

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