Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:32 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Well, this is interesting. The New York Times caught wind of a special and secret meeting between Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer and Adobe's frontman Shantanu Narayen. They claim the entire talk was dedicated to the fight against Apple, and one of the options discussed was... Microsoft acquiring Adobe.
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Minor nitpick
by lemur2 on Thu 7th Oct 2010 22:50 UTC
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FTA:

It would also spell disaster for the Linux version of the Flash Player - which already is kind of a disaster as it is.


I'm not sure why the Linux version of the Flash player can be considered a disaster:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/205575/adobe_unleashes_64bit_beta_fl...

This plugin works just as well on Linux systems as it does anywhere else. It is exactly the same version.

Some Linux browsers don't even require a Flash plugin:
http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/05/new-chrome-beta-gets-a-huge-speed-...

If Microsoft acquires Adobe and pulls the Linux version of the Flash plugin, there are other options for Linux where it may gain an open source Flash player with hardware acceleration:

http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26235

I'm really struggling to see any problem for Linux here.

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RE: Minor nitpick
by RshPL on Thu 7th Oct 2010 23:23 in reply to "Minor nitpick"
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2009-03-13

Probably what is disastrous is the performance of the flash experience on Linux.

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RE[2]: Minor nitpick
by lemur2 on Fri 8th Oct 2010 01:04 in reply to "RE: Minor nitpick"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Probably what is disastrous is the performance of the flash experience on Linux.


Solutions are starting to appear which use GPU hardware shaders and which can implement LLVM-based Actionscript 3.0.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightspark

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODY0Ng

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODM5Ng

Being a plugin, Lightspark is not as good a solution for rich content as the GPU-accelerated HTML5/ECMAscript/SVG/CSS/Canvas W3C standards, I grant you, but it performs pretty much as well as your hardware itself can.

Edited 2010-10-08 01:10 UTC

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RE: Minor nitpick
by apoclypse on Fri 8th Oct 2010 02:56 in reply to "Minor nitpick"
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2007-02-17

FTA: "It would also spell disaster for the Linux version of the Flash Player - which already is kind of a disaster as it is.


I'm not sure why the Linux version of the Flash player can be considered a disaster:
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No it doesn't. There are a bunch of overlay ad display issues with the linux client. However where it counts (i guess), performance, it does a bit better than the OSX client though not by much. Either way Flash sucks on anything other than Windows.

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RE[2]: Minor nitpick
by lemur2 on Fri 8th Oct 2010 03:25 in reply to "RE: Minor nitpick"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"I'm not sure why the Linux version of the Flash player can be considered a disaster: .
No it doesn't. There are a bunch of overlay ad display issues with the linux client. However where it counts (i guess), performance, it does a bit better than the OSX client though not by much. Either way Flash sucks on anything other than Windows. "

Are you talking about Adobe's Flash plugin? Adobe's Flash plugin software for Linux doesn't use GPU hardware acceleration directly, although AFAIK it does call system libraries which can themselves use the GPU.

In any event, if performance of Flash is an issue for you on Linux, alternative software is becoming available:

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?444454

Edited 2010-10-08 03:27 UTC

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