flash games on facebook

Graham Todd grahamtodd2 at googlemail.com
Thu Apr 30 10:02:20 UTC 2009

On Thu, 30 Apr 2009 00:15:07 -0800 (AKDT)
Damien Hull <dhull at digital-overload.net> wrote:

> Why do we have so much trouble with flash on Linux? Is there a fix
> for this?

The problems stem from the Linux philosophy and the unwillingness of
the software licencees to comply with that philosophy.

The Linux community is a community where users and developers share
information, code and almost anything else under the sun: but the
accent is squarely on sharing.  Writing code for Linux is only half the
story; the source code must be shared so that other applications can
make use of it.

Unfortunately, Adobe is less than ready to share its secrets with the
rest of us across its whole range of products, but the Linux community
have succeeded in producing a number of plug-ins that use Flash in the
Mozilla range of products, and by reverse engineering have produced a
range of applications that act like Flash.  But the real culprits are
the writers of web sites, and sites like YouTube, which insist upon
using proprietary code and not generally available free (as in
"unfettered") code for all.

You might try using the Flock browser to access Facebook: if something
works in Firefox, it usually works in Flock (Flock is based on
Mozilla).  Flock is described on its web site as a "social networking
browser", so fits right into the use to which it might be used - even
to play games.


Graham Todd

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