Flash on FreeBSD/PC-BSD/DBSD

Previously we reported Matteo’s suggestion on how to get Flash and YouTube/Google Video to work on FreeBSD, but now that gnash-0.8.1 is in the ports tree (and hence avilable for FreeBSD, PC-BSD and DesktopBSD), the greasemonkey+mplayer hack is no longer needed to watch these videos.

It seems like Flash it getting better on the BSD desktop (Gnash, swfDec, Adobe Flash) but unfortunately this is only Flash 7. According to this post Gnash still needs a lot of working on. Youtube videos work, but anything more complicated code-wise (eg. Flash games) make Gnash crash.

CNN for instance and a lot of other popular websites use Flash 9, so there’s still a problem for *BSD users. Or not…?

There’s now a PBI available for PCBSD 1.4 of the Windows version of Firefox with Flash 9 (using Wine) which can be downloaded here or here.

However, Gnash, swfDec or the Flash 9 PBI are little hacks in order to get Adobe Flash working on the BSD Desktop. What we want from you, Adobe, is either a BSD Flash version of an open source version of Flash so we can make it work ourselves.

4 thoughts on “Flash on FreeBSD/PC-BSD/DBSD

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  2. kace says:

    I gave gnash 0.8.1 a try and it was working very poorly. Crashed a lot, couldn’t get through a video. It was even worse, honestly, than the

    version of linux-flashplugin7 I had been running.

    But, I waxed it and then installed a (slightly) newer version of linux-flashplugin7 and, wow!, it’s

    working great. YouTube too. And, you don’t even have to use /etc/libmap.conf like before.

    I’d advise all to skip gnash and just update

    linux-flashplugin7.

  3. kace says:

    It may be that your ports tree is out of date. Try updating it if you haven’t (use either portsnap or csup). … If you look here:

    http://www.freshports.org/www/linux-flashplugin7/ , you’ll see that the port has had issues from time-to-time: once forbidden for security, once removed for

    legal questions, a couple of fetchability issues. So, an old ports tree could definitely be your issue.

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