Re: SWF (Adobe Flash) support
On 05/18/2011 07:06 AM, Camaleón wrote:
On Wed, 18 May 2011 09:59:44 +0200, Stanisław Findeisen wrote:
Is it possible to play Adobe Flash files from, for example, YouTube.com
without non-free software?
On my Debian testing systems I'm actually able to play all YouTube
content using chromium-browser, the Gnash plug-in, and the IcedTea NPR
Web Browser plug-in. I've never installed anything from non-free or
contrib on these systems. (I don't even use non-free firmware.)
Many other sites, however, make it difficult-to-impossible to see Flash
video content without the proprietary Adobe player. I just won't use
those site, and I try to let the people who run them know that.
However I am unable to play YouTube.com videos in Iceweasel 3.0.6. I
even tried downloading one to the filesystem and running gnash on it,
but it only displays a black rectangle. :-(
What is the Debian recommended way, if any, to play SWF files?
To avoid any present and future problem with flash based sites, you have
to install the Adobe flash plugin... we are stuck with it ;-(
(note: it depends on the SWF file to play, some do work with alternative
players but some don't)
I know what you're saying, and I would agree with it if any of the
content offered on the Internet was truly important to me.
I'm a curmudgeon. I figured I lived without streaming content for 60
years before the Internet became available to the masses. I can live the
rest of my life without it if the purveyors are so tied into their
business models that they exclude the users of free software from
viewing their content. I'm just tired of the whole attitude by business
that they own the customers and can make them jump through hoops.
Who knows? Since Adobe has stated that new versions of the Flash server
are going to automatically serve html5 when the client lacks the Flash
reader, perhaps users of free software will benefit. The html5 content
at YouTube works very well with chromium-browser. Better than the Flash
content, as a matter of fact.