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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by e-co on Thu 27th Nov 2008 23:26 UTC
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Cool! Flash plugin + safe internet surfing (no viruses) => eComStation is the best internet platform now -:)

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RE: Excellent!
by mmu_man on Fri 28th Nov 2008 02:49 in reply to "Excellent!"
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s/is/will be/ (it's not running yet, is it ?)
Can't they just make an Haiku version then ? (I would probably not use it anyway though :p)

Heck, the back/forward button is the least of annoyances...
worst being it's not usable by blind people and not indexable.
And of course it sux cpu.

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by grfgguvf on Fri 28th Nov 2008 03:25 in reply to "RE: Excellent!"
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Actually Google does index text in .SWF now; and how exactly do you convey vector graphics and video to blind people? It's not really Adobe's fault that you can't...

That said I hate Flash and I hope YouTube adopts Theora at some point...

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by UltraZelda64 on Fri 28th Nov 2008 21:43 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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by Johann Chua on Sat 29th Nov 2008 04:40 in reply to "RE: Excellent!"
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Did you miss the smiley?

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RE: Excellent!
by cmost on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 19:10 in reply to "Excellent!"
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And Linux would constitute...what?!?? Since Linux has far better software / driver support than eComstation (or OS//2) it would constitute the best web browsing system. :-P

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