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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Restrictive License
by vitae on Sat 30th Jul 2011 18:14 UTC
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Isn't that the operable term here? Would it have killed Adobe to just release Flash under some sort of controlled open source license, just allowing it to be distributed, but still being under their control? We already have too many audio, video and document formats because every company has to have their own. Flash is restricted so Microsoft felt compelled to make Silverlight, and around and around we go.

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