I'm hoping that whatever version of Linux that can be installed on this will support Adobe Flash Player. That way, assuming the browser is not a mobile browser, we'll be able to easily watch video content from websites like Youtube and Hulu.
Does anyone know if there's an ARM version of Adobe Flash Player available that will work with Linux Distros. I know there's an Android version of Flash Player, but I'm not interested in installing Android on Raspberry Pi. I want a full fledged OS that won't show up as a mobile OS online.
It's not Linux that is the problem with Flash compatibility, it's Adobe. The source for Flash isn't open, so you need to rely on Adobe to recompile it for the appropriate Linux/architecture. And they are pretty slow at doing that. I know the graphics side can be made to work (as I've worked on accelerating it on the VC3), but I didn't get video acceleration working (time issues) - this was on an Arm device attached to the VC3. But really, it's down to Adobe, and they are pretty uninterested in desktop Linux on x86, so unlikey to be much more interested in Raspi.
Roll on HTML5.
I did a bit of research on this and it seems that the only ARM version of Flash Player is for Android and a few other tablet OS's. There are a couple versions available for Ubuntu, but it seems they're only optimizied for a specific ARM SoC and that there's no generic Flash Player for ARM. Do you know if Ubuntu will at least be able to install on Pi?
No Ubuntu - they don't support the particular version of Arm chip in the Raspi.
Although they have asked to meet up at CES...
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