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Re: NetBSD vs. FreeBSD

"D'Arcy J.M. Cain" <darcy%NetBSD.org@localhost> writes:

> On Sun, 08 Feb 2009 08:23:34 +0300
> Aleksej Saushev <asau%inbox.ru@localhost> wrote:
>> add to that we don't have any working web browser with Macromedia/Adobe
>> flash support, which is common in the Web today.
> We actually do.  I also could not get this working until I posted to
> pkgsrc-users under the topic "Getting flash to work."  Check out that
> thread.  I can now waste my time on YouTube just as well as my Windows
> Weenie friends.

Since this is another instance, that assertion needs clarification:
I have had several NetBSD installation of desktop type in not so distant
past, and Firefox completed installation and ran on only on one of three
systems. I don't understand what is so fragile in it, but it happens to be
that fragile. Thus I had Javascript-capable browser only on one of three
NetBSD installation. Such problems have never occurred to me neither on
FreeBSD nor on Linux. Note: problems even with Javascript, let alone Flash.

Since the whole Flash issue isn't critical to me, I don't invest effort in it,
even Javascript isn't much critical to me. But I admit, that this isn't normal
these days, it was several years ago may be, but not now. Today these things
should "just work."

I don't even think, that respective developers, who work on Firefox, OpenOffice,
GNOME, KDE and other huge packages put not enough effort. After some OpenOffice
patchwork I know how hard it is, it requires really heroic efforts. Nevertheless
all this doesn't allow me to proclaim Flash working.

I've seen recent Firefox update. Time to check.


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