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Date:      Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:27:24 +0200 (CEST)
From:      Wojciech Puchar <>
To:        Lynn Steven Killingsworth <>
Cc:        "" <>
Subject:   Re: Flashplayer expiration & mini-mainframes
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In-Reply-To: <op.wiwj5jypz5u56c@blueleafone.quebecconnection>
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> The Adobe website states that Flashplayer 11.2 will be the last ported to 
> Linux [although it will forever received security updates.]  Flashplayer 11.3 
> I believe is the first to offer 64-bit support.  It is rumored here that 
> Opera 12.5 is to be 64-bit - and could be ready now except that Opera is 
> writing their own Flashplayer like plugin.  Are we that lucky?

no. we are not. We would be really lucky if there would be no way to run 
flashplayer at all, so nobody would do it, and persuade usage of standard 
instead of running binary only packages doing unknown things.

For movies from youtube use youtube-dl

> I have been thinking about nearly commodity mini-mainframes for some months

what is mini-mainframe?

> and it appears that FreeBSD is the most well positioned.  I have heard that 1 
> in 6 'PC' server buyers asks their vendor for mainframe functions such as are 
> provided by ia64.  Surely ASUS and Supermicro would know that.  I do not know 
> how long it takes to write a kernel but I here the Linux camp is whispering 
> that they need an ia64 kernel.  FreeBSD must have been optimizing it ia64 
> kernel for at least 6 years.  Is FreeBSD that lucky?  And of course I suppose

No idea. Nobody serious would buy new ia64 hardware now, assuming it still 
is possible. No idea how much ia64 kernel is optimized - ask ia64 users if 
you find one ;)

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