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Re: [SLUG] Auntie excludes us
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Auntie excludes us
- From: Rev Simon Rumble <simon@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 13:06:24 +1100
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This one time, at band camp, Darren Hannah wrote:
> The ABC Playback website seems to require Adobe Flash Player.
> And as far as I can tell, it seems that everything to do with the video
> streaming and the menus and navigation and all that malarkey is flash.
> If you want to use the ABC Playback service you need an up to date
> browser with flash installed.
That's not what I'm expecting. I'm expecting a binary blob that embeds
the Flash movie. Otherwise they would say:
Why is ABC Playback unavailable for Linux users?Due to the
technical requirements of ABC Playback we have been unable to
find a robust and secure tool for making the Flash based code
into a stable Linux version at this time. We are keeping an eye
on developments in this area and hope to bring a Linux version
to you as soon as practicable
> We *have* flash.
Without fullscreen mode. Enjoy your telly in a postage stamp.
And working on x86-32 platforms only.
> Yes, I know it's proprietary software and in an ideal world the ABC
> would utilize a format that can be played by "out-of-the-box" linux
> distributions, but really, if I can get the content I am happy.
What about if you want to watch it on your telly, in the lounge room,
rather than at your computer?
> Adobe has given us a *native* linux client to use, for free (as in
> beer). There are plenty of proprietary file formats that we linux users
> cannot use at all. Flash is our friend.
"native" being x86-32 only. Flash is not our friend.
> I watched the demo video and it looked pretty neat. So I applied for the
> Beta test (it all worked for me). Hopefully if I get in I can give them
> some "Only-Uses-Linux" style feedback. If for some reason being a linux
> user prevents me from using the service at all, I will tell them what I
It looks like nothing that couldn't be implemented in standard HTML.
Rev Simon Rumble <simon@xxxxxxxxxx>
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