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From Left Right <>
Subject Re: [OT] Flash Platform roadmap
Date Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:26:52 GMT
> Are you really proposing a headless, or console-mode Flash Player for
linux users?

1) It possibly exists (well, I'm 99% sure because Macromedia once released
SEO SDK for processing SWFs, so, I'm guessing that's the starting point,
besides, I could infer this indirectly through some testing results that
leaked from Adobe bug base - things that suggested that the player was
launched automatically and some other program gathered the statistics about
it's performance).
2) If I'm mistaking, and it doesn't exist, making one would be priceless! :)
3) There is ECMAScript implementation of POSIX, I'm not sure of it's
quality, but incorporating that into player would be an extra bonus.
* I'm not saying users, because it may mean users who browse the internet.
What I mean by "users" is people who are using Linux as a platform for

If such thing would be built in mind with that there is another program /
module that provider rendering - that would be uber cool. But that's too
much Unix-way for a corporative thinking to handle at one time :)

X is known to be a particular painful place, *hopefully* it is going to
change, because everyone is aware of it, but the substitutes aren't good
enough yet. But I'm still thinking that this is a difference in approach.
I'll try to explain using an example:

Couple days ago I needed, for the class, to do some simple stuff using some
SQL database. So, I said to myself, why wouldn't I use clsql library
(Common Lisp library for various flavors of SQL) and MySQL. Done. Not so
fast... it appeared that there are no binaries, and I have to build the
bindings for MySQL on my own. The library provides some guidelines an make
files to build the bindings, but I need to put some extra work to adjust it
to my system. Took me few hours to understand what was I missing, and where
the header files should go, but in the end it compiled and all is good.
Do I feel afterwards like whoever wrote clsql did a poor job? - not at all,
how could they know that the header files for mysql library weren't in the
place they are usually found on Debian-like distros? Well, they couldn't,
and so I'm not complaining about the code not working "out of the box".
Same thing here - if you can get it to the point it works within certain
conditions - perfect, as long as you can explain the requirements. You
didn't have the time and ability to test on all permutations of the set of
Unix utilities - that's a wasted effort, you will never be able to. Just
leave the door open for whoever is willing to adjust it for their purposes.



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