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Re: Unable to download linux version of flash

  • Subject: Re: Unable to download linux version of flash
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:05:51 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Friday 31 March 2006 07:35 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> Lobo <not@xxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> On Wed, 29 Mar 2006 21:05:37 +0000, Lobo wrote:
>>> On Wed, 29 Mar 2006 10:30:40 -0600, Linønutlinønut wrote:
>>>> After takin' a swig o' grog, Lobo belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>>>>> I've been trying for over a week now to fetch the Linux version of
>>>>> flash player for installing in Firefox (Windows or Ubuntu). The
>>>>> download starts OK then drops to 0 after getting 1/4 to 1/2 through.
>>>>> I deleted it from IE and was able to get it right away.
>>>>> What gives with Macromedia?
>>>> I had an oddity yesterday where my workplace Linux box couldn't reach
>>>> www.opera.com at first, even with lynx.
>>>> Worked fine on Windows.
>>>> Worked fine with other sites.
>>>> With www.opera.com, it is stuck "transferring data from opera.com...".
>>>> Worked fine from Linux at home.
>>> Opera.com works good. Dowloaded Opera as a test. Nice install tool.
>>> Unfortunately dependency problem xlib6g (they know about and will be
>>> making a Dapper version so I'll wait even though I found a repository for
>>> xlib)
>>> Still can't download Flash 8 from normal site although I've found Flash 7
>>> in archives that downloaded. Maybe slashdot effect with so many people
>>> installing Firefox? I never had this problem months ago with my older
>>> Firefox. I was even able to install in my test drive of Breezy last
>>> month.
>>> I'm now stuck w/o Flash in Firefox (Windows and Linux).
>> Opps... that s/b flash 7 and 6 respectively
> So, where's our open flash player?

Excellent question.

Open Source DRM is in the making/proposal; we already have an Open Source PDF
reader; there are even mechanisms (codebase) to penetrate Microsoft Office
filetypes (incorporated into KOffice, StarOffice, AbiWord, OOo...).

I am aware that Microsoft will introduce Sparkle, which is intended to be a
Flash-killer. They probably have much bigger trouble at the moment, so they
halted work on their so-called 'Photoshop Killer', as well as other
projects. They are throwing many developers at the pig and IE7 ATM. Even
Office and Server seem neglected. Remember that many developers often mess
things up rather than assist. It is a bad sign when a fleet of boat has got
troopers jumping from one deck to another. Business strategy is being
compromised for the sake of survival.

Best wishes,


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