[Fwd: Re: How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?]

Reinhard Tartler siretart at ubuntu.com
Sun Oct 1 16:39:02 BST 2006

"Kilz _" <kilzzz at hotmail.com> writes:

> Thank you. This is exacly my point. People keep pointing out its a closed 
> format. Well I admit flash. But Firefox is avilable as 32bit and can be run 
> on 64bit with minimum work. Heck if I can do it I know someone else can. 

Can you also provide security support for your local installation of the
32bit browser?

> Poinint out that the flash plugin is closed so you dont want to provide a 
> 32bit Firefox is flawed reasoning to me. 

This is not the right reasoning. It is "we are not willing to ship a
32bit browser in addition to a 64bit browser on amd64 because of
additional maintenance overhead when preparing (security) updates".

> I could see if you didnt want to repackage flash.

That wouldn't make any sense. The macromedia flash plugin won't work
with an 64 bit browser.

> But that could be easly force installed. The main thing is the
> browser isnt there, and its not closed source.

Shipping a 32bit browser in the amd64 port of ubuntu is not an option
for the reasons already given in this thread.

Better write to Macromedia and ask them to provide a linux/amd64 binary
which works in a 64bit firefox.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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