Fixing the glibc adobe flash incompatibility

Benjamin Kreuter ben.kreuter at gmail.com
Wed Nov 17 21:18:54 UTC 2010


On Wednesday 17 November 2010 15:58:28 Magnus Glantz wrote:
> I'm not saying that a broken Adobe Flash would stop Fedora from shipping.
> 
> But.. if we notice that it's broken, we can:
> 1) Notify Adobe about it, so they -can- provide a fix. If they do not
> know, they can't fix it.. The Adobe developers I e-mailed with did say
> that they took the issue seriously, they want it to work on Fedora, as
> I'm sure a lot people/companies would.

Sure, but they need some incentive.  Like, Flash not working without a fix, 
and lots of people complaining about it.

> 2) Create a work-around for the end-users (as has been done by several
> people in the BZ #638477-thread)

This pretty much erases whatever incentive Adobe might have to actually fix 
the bug.  Instead of fixing their code, now what they can do is use some hack 
and not bother to update anything.  It also reduces the pressure on Adobe to 
release the Flash plugin under a libre license, since it would basically 
amount to the community doing the work to fix the problem while the software 
is still under a proprietary license.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a bug that Adobe could fix pretty 
quickly, if they feel like they have a good reason to do that.  Why not put 
the burden on them?  They release proprietary software, so they take on the 
responsibility of making sure it works on the platforms they target.

-- Ben



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