Linux, Flash and surfing the web.....
Evening everybody and Happy New year.
This is not so much of a question as an attempt to find out about peoples experience with the Linux Flash Plug-in.
There seems to be innumerable threads all over the web with people having problems with installing the plug-in. This mostly amounts to trouble installing on an x64 (64bit) distro. Just for the record, most users have solved this by installing the i386 version of their browser then installing the plug-in.
I have however experienced another major problem with Adobe's flash player:
In XP, Flash obviously works without any issues. I installed Flash on a clean install of XP from the link in a web page that required it (XP is run inside a VM). Although XP is slower at rendering pages (in my experience) than Linux, all the sites I visited displayed Flash content without a hiccup. My four year old daughter still has to use this to visit nick.com to play with Diego.
Then I tried the same sites on Fedora and Ubuntu and Firefox asked me, like XP, if I wanted to install Flash. Installation went fine on both but browsing is useless. I have manually reinstalled Flash on both systems and still have the same browsing problems. Numerous sites still tell me that a plug-in is missing. On clicking 'install missing plug-in' I am then informed that Flash is already installed. If it is already installed then why the bloody hell does it tell me that Flash is missing?
On top of this, why does Adobe provide Flash for Linux, and then not provide a Shockwave plug-in.
If it was just the nickjr site that was a problem then I wouldn't be worried. But I can't view 60% of the websites I visit. In Ecuador where I live, due to the "I want my PC to look like Reebok Trainers" culture every website is covered in Flash animations. Even my internet provider's Linux support page won't show because of Flash.
I thought it was just my system, so I have tried from four other machines including two cafenets and the problem is still there. So with all the great technology we have today, Linux can't even browse the net properly yet. Ballmer must be rolling around having a cardiac arrest from laughter.
So, where can you help? I am wanting other people to share their Flash problems in this thread. I would like web designers reading this to contemplate content provision methods for their sites (how many potential customers are you locking out.). If designers use the right creation tools, Flash can still be used on Linux to great effect.
And lastly........ can anyone explain, if there is no Shockwave player available for Linux, and lots of Flash sites don't work on Linux, how does my Nokia N800 display every web page I go to? (Maybe this could be a lead for the hackers?).
I hope this provokes a few thoughts that you will share with me, and maybe even a few solutions, even if that means alternative technologies to Flash, however good it is.