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Old 5th December 2008
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Flash is proprietary.. originally owned by Macromedia, now owned by Adobe.

It is not open source, beyond a few recently published file format specifications.. it's a cancer of the Internet.

So, the only options for people using alternative operating systems are..

1) Unreliable Linux/Windows emulation..
2) Alpha-quality reimplementation projects like gnash or swfdec..
3) FLV stream capturers, sites like Youtube have a "flash wrapper" that plays FLV format video streams.. utilities exist to download these streams directly.

I personally have a few additional options..

4) Avoid flash utilizing websites entirely..
5) Submit interoperability reports to tech support staffs...
6) Disown friends/family who send me links to YouTube/Misc Flash content.

In the end, you'll need to decide what's most important.. a stable decent OS.. or Flash.
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