Adobe Flash 10.1 + AIR 2.0 on the XO

Carlos Nazareno object404 at
Wed Mar 24 21:26:47 EDT 2010

Oh dear. Googling HQTube ended up with the top 2 entries being porn
sites :-/ I think something needs a project name change :)

Anyway, wouldn't there be a problem if we bundled HQTube because
VLC/Xine/MPlayer would still need licensed codecs to be able to decode
audio/video streams? (FFmpeg/Gstreamer Ugly). In the case of Flash, at
least we'd have working sound because it's all good and licensed,
unlike in the default GNASH install.

Yeah, actually for the XO-1, I usually used Flashblock on Firefox and
turn off plugins in Opera because of the limited CPU/Memory  (the
machine would actually hang in some cases like if you visit a Flash
Papervision3D site).

Aside from that, I also turn off Javascript -- the amount of AJAX used
on the web these days is simply ridiculous and too much of a resource
hog. Bash Flash all you want, but AJAX is just as bad.

Video-wise, I don't think there's much hope with the XO-1 since a lot
of video is now being streamed in high quality H.264, something which
brings even faster systems to their knees. If we can get the Adobe
guys to do some optimization for at least the XO-1.5 (which is where
deployments are going anyway), that would be a very big thing.

You never know, Adobe might actually take the time out to try to fix
things with the XO-1 and XO-1.5 for hardware acceleration.

Reuben, Ed, I'll try to help you guys on this.

Tiago, thank you so much for Stallman's ebook link.

Free as in Freedom is good. Closed-minded Fundamentalism is not.



carlos nazareno
interactive media specialist
zen graffiti studios
"if you don't like the way the world is running,
then change it instead of just complaining."

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