Joined: Nov. 2006
||Posted: June 01 2008,04:04
Not to beat a dead horse, but after much testing it seems to me that flash 9 with nspluginwrapper might fail on DSL for the same reasons wine did in this post:
It does not seem to be DSL's smp kernel, nor the lack of Linux 2.6 since Sarge runs flash 9 without fail with a 2.4 smp kernel. Neither Sarge or DSL links npviewer.bin to anything in /lib/tls, but I have a hunch that the glibc thingy mentioned in the above link may be the culprit. FreeBSD has to use Linux NPTL emulation features to get flash 9 for Linux to work with it. The thread local storage support may or may not be what makes flash work on Sarge, but it is the only straw left to grasp.
Since I am tying fishing flies part time for money I like to be able to watch an instructional Youtube video every now and then for pointers. But to be honest, flash is a horrible waste of bandwidth and CPU cycles. And most flash is just useless advertisements - spam. I think of the lack of flash in DSL to be more of a blessing than a curse. I would rather download the particular video I want and play it in my favorite movie player than to by default have to suffer through every junk flash ad there is out there. In other words no flash 9, no big deal.
But I did try to get it to work. Of course if anyone has a workaround/solution, that would be great.
EDIT: It is still so easy to download Youtube/GoogleVideo videos with Firefox GTK1 and play them without bothering with Flash/GTK2. See this link:
http://www.downloadyoutubevideos.com/ (Just beware the .)
And that is the only reason I would want flash is to play Youtube videos. I do not blame Adobe for upping the requirements/features of flash player. That is "progress". But how sweet it would be for webmasters to think that there is a large market of folks out there that have no use for their bloated flash spam that only wastes our time and resources. And that we would flock to sites that do not deluge us with that crap. Then the progress instead may be "keep it simple, stupid".