Why Flash Sucks on the Best OS

Saturday, 19 September 2009 19:53 Jan Various Linux

Yesterday I finally watched that great movie Home on my laptop. And I wondered if I already need a new one. But now I know for sure it wasn't a hardware problem:

why flash still sucks
(for more of these: www.xkcd.net)

Seriously, Adobe's Flash plugin for Linux is a nightmare. Right while hacking these lines it decides to go wild and took whole Firefox with unsaved version 1 of the article with it. And this happens regularly with Flash-overloaded pages here. Based on some gdb sessions with stalled Firefoxes my suspect is a lock-ordering bug. Well, hard to say for sure without the source code...

Too bad that half of the Web more or less depends on this closed-source extension. And we still have no real alternative.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 09:12