Adobe Flash 10.1 + AIR 2.0 on the XO

Ed McNierney ed at
Wed Mar 24 08:59:53 EDT 2010

Folks -

OLPC already has a license from Adobe to redistribute Adobe Flash.  We can provide that to any deployment that requests it; if a deployment decides they need it, we don't need to force them to install it themselves.

However, Adobe pointed out that since OLPC's Linux distro (a Fedora Remix) is not a supported platform, they're not interested in bug reports unless they are reproduced on stock Fedora and reported as Fedora bugs.  Having spoken to Adobe about this, I found absolutely no evidence that anyone there's eager to do anything specific for OLPC XO laptops.

I also made no effort to sell them on the idea; I just wanted to be sure that if a deployment decided on their own that they needed to provide the Adobe Flash player, OLPC wasn't unreasonably making it harder than necessary for them.

	- Ed

On Mar 24, 2010, at 8:53 AM, Reuben K. Caron wrote:

> On Mar 24, 2010, at 7:52 AM, Martin Langhoff wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:19 AM, Reuben K. Caron  
>> <reuben at> wrote:
>>> IMHO, OLPC would be able to provide deployments with the option of  
>>> including
>>> Adobe Flash, while continuing to include Gnash as default
>> There are some aspects that are outside of OLPC control
>> - We need RPMs from Adobe -- in the case if AIR, they are not
>> available. Carlos and anyone else interested _must chase Adobe_, not
>> OLPC.
> Yes and no. Anyone technically capable to rebuild our build system, as  
> you mention below, will be able to easily script the installation of  
> AIR.
>> - Licensing issues need to be sorted out. Carlos and anyone
>> interested _must chase Adobe_, not OLPC.
> No again, OLPC should have done the legwork so deployments don't have  
> to jump through the hurdles of obtaining licensing from Adobe.
>> - If Adobe cares about running well on XOs, Adobe should ask for
>> laptops through the contributors programme (like everyone else!).
>> Carlos any anyone interested must chase Adobe on that.
> I'll work with Carlos on this.
>> With those 2 sorted out, it's damned trivial to add it to an 8.2.x
>> build (using my latest patches to install arbitrary rpms), and thanks
>> to the more flexible build system for f11 builds it's trivial to add
>> it to an XO-1.5 image.
>> There is noone at OLPC blocking this. Go folks, go lobby Adobe.
> Agreed.
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