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[ale] Flash Video
Actually, Flash and Silvelight/Moonlight are two different products and play two entirely different media streams.
I am an advocate of Novell products, but I refuse to use Moonlight, if for no other reason than to no support yet another MS proprietary protocol.
I'll deal with flash because it is fairly common, and does support linux.
As for Novell paying fees to MS... RedHat has similar arrangements with MS, too. They just were a lot smarter about the way they dealt with the the information.
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>>> Scott Castaline <skotchman at gmail.com> 6/19/2010 03:04 PM >>>
On 06/19/2010 02:25 PM, Michael B. Trausch wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-06-19 at 13:09 -0400, Scott Castaline wrote:
>> What alternatives does one have besides Adobe or Novell/M$ Moonlight?
>> am not able to view youtube videos or other flash videos. I did have
>> am ashamed to admit it) have moonlight installed on my F12 system. I
>> thought VLC was supposed to be able to play flv files but it does not
>> and I don't see any errors.
> There is a new implementation of the Flash specification, though at the
> moment its name escapes me. It is a free software implementation.
> Why are you ashamed to have installed a free software plugin for your
> slightly-less-than-free-software Web browser (assuming we're talking
> about Firefox here)? It is, after all, free software. It is no
> different than Flash or Java or what-have-you in terms of it being a
> free software reimplementation of something that is not (or was not
> originally) free software.
> --- Mike
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I'm just looking at it from the perspective of the fact that it comes
from SuSE/Novel and the fact that Novel has paid fees to Micro$oft under
threatening circumstances, and that it is a clone of a Micro$oft
product. I am not a software engineer or a lawyer so to me moonlight is
accepting the bait for a potential trap. I may be wrong, have been in
the past and probably will be in the future, just the way I feel. I was
under the impression that Gnash was a GPL alternative to Adobe Flash and
with the recent issues with Adobe I wanted to also avoid that as well.
But if I am wrong about Moonlight, than I'm perfectly willing to use it
again with out feeling that I'm contributing to the evil empire of
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