As a 64-bit Linux Freetard
As a 64-bit Linux Freetard who occasionally watches stuff in Flash, I'm glad. Now, if Sun would release a 64 bit JNLP (Java Web Start) proggie for 64bit Linux, we'd be doing well.
Adobe Systems has spun out an alpha version of its Flash Player 10 technology for 64-bit Linux software users today, to satisfy the needs of freetards everywhere. The multinational said it has done so to underscore its “commitment to the Linux community” which is ahead of Windows and Apple Mac OS X in the 64-bit processor …
It's been a long time coming, too long really, but this is still out of the blue. I thought it would be at least another six months. I think I'll give this a try.
It's unclear whether you were saying that you needed a 32-bit browser until now. That's not been true for a while. Firefox uses something called nspluginwrapper and it didn't take long for Opera to support it because it always ran its plugins through a wrapper anyway.
It's about time for El Reg to either retire the overused and misused 'freetard' -- or only use it where it actually means something (e.g. the 60% of the net community convinced that they should be able to download their music for free). The growing Linux market share has little or nothing to do with the purchase price of the OS.
To get the Linux community so eager for 64-bit support that they'll do all your alpha and beta testing for you... beats having to hire extra devs for the job.
My guess is this is linux-only because there are linux peeps that have 64-bit only systems, which I don't think is the case in the Windows/Mac worlds - so not so much demand there...
"Ah, but have they bothered to make it play flash video in full screen? "
Yes. Flash 9 seemed to really burn CPU cycles to fullscreen, as near as I can tell it was probably scaling within flash and just sending a video that's like 10x by 10x as big to the poor X server. It worked for me, but I can easily see it not working, it was noticeably inefficient even on a 3.0ghz box.
Flash 10? I think it might hook into like ffmpeg and SDL or something (since they're designed to decode video and get it on screen, why reinvent the wheel?). Fullscreen behavior is WAY different, I can tell it is probably sending the original-sized video to X and letting the card scale it, it looks better and plays smoother. It still burns more cycles than mplayer for instance, but it's far better than it was.
So, I don't have any 64-bit systems, and have heard of nspluginwrapper, but am nevertheless pleased that Adobe is putting out 64-bit flash. 64-bit Linux users already have it FAR better than those using 64-bit WIndows especially, but this'll make for the "icing on the cake" if they don't even need 32-bit compat installed eventually.
Flash 10 player for Linux runs fullscreen fine. I know Flash 9 player was hit and miss (depending on the version you got). As a professional Flash developer and happy happy freetard at the same time, it's nice to be able to get what I create in my Windows dev environment running on my Eee.
Can someone explain to me why on earth this is such a big deal? Pretty much everything else I want is there already for 64bit Linux.
Forgive my ignorance, but don't you just, well, er, compile it on a 64 bit machine? I'm prepared to believe there could be a bit more to it than that, but for a product as important and well funded as Flash, this has to be 99% about market manipulation. and 1% technology... - doesn't it??
You need an "I don't get it" icon. I guess PH will do for now.
i third that (if possible, that is).
what's the point on making an insult out of people who don't or can't pay for something? and further more why would you want to call linux users something in the lines of "retard"?
do windows users have a cute nickname too? or are they OK because they pay (I'm sure most of them don't) ?
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