Opera, flash and amd64

Graham Todd grahamtodd2 at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 25 07:44:48 UTC 2008

On Mon, 25 Aug 2008 06:51:15 +0200
Dexter Filmore <Dexter.Filmore at gmx.de> wrote:

> "Some" isn't good enough. Need the real deal. 

If Adobe issued Flash as free software (according to the definition of
the Free Software Federation - see
http://www.fsf.org/about/what-is-free-software) and licenced it under
the GPL, you and I wouldn't be in this position.  However, the
technology behind Flash has been patented (or so I have been informed)
and the software is proprietary.  I believe you can use the 32bit
version with ndswrapper to use in Opera but I've never tried it.

Until Flash becomes free software (free as in freedom, not cost), the
alternative to Flash is gnash or klash: why not join those projects to
make them "the real deal"?

Personally, I'd rather not use Flash until there is a free software
alternative, but if I really HAD to use a website that required it
(which I don't) then I would ask the developer to provide an
alternative way of accessing the content.  You might also like to join
the FSF (Free Software Foundation) so they can carry on their
campaigning work to spread an alternative to proprietary software.

Graham Todd

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