Flash on PPC

After I arrived at home after work today I noticed that the machines at my parents home network were all down and just recovering from the outage. Two of my m68k autobuilders are located there. Nothing serious, I thought, because the machines are located behind DSL and maybe there was a short DSL outage.
Some minutes later I received two mails from my UPS that there was a power outage. Well, this explains the DSL outage as well, because the DSL is not attached to the USV (located in a different room).

Thu Jul 03 17:56:19 CEST 2008 Power is back. UPS running on mains.
Thu Jul 03 17:56:19 CEST 2008 Mains returned. No longer on UPS batteries.
Thu Jul 03 17:46:49 CEST 2008 Running on UPS batteries.
Thu Jul 03 17:46:43 CEST 2008 Power failure.

Ten minutes of power outage without machines being shutdown. It’s a APC UPS BR800I with 3 machines (2x m68ks, 1x PIII@550), a SCSI hardware RAID with 7 disks and a 8 port switch hooked up to it. I’m really glad that I bought the UPS earlier this year – exactly for this purpose and to prevent filesystem errors on the buildds when there is a power outage. ­čÖé


11 thoughts on “Flash on PPC

  1. It's called swfdec, not swf-player (yay for Debian shipping a virtual package). And apart from it being slow for video (I blame the PPC guys for not having written a liboil altivec YUV2RGB conversion), it should work fine. At least make check passes fine on my old 800MHz iBook.

  2. Does the version of gnash from experimental work? Youtube is why I installed the experimental version of klash (gnash for KDE) on my amd64 system. swfdec-mozilla is too crashy, that's why I don't use it.

  3. Have you tried the Totem Youtube plugin? It doesnÔÇÖt use any of the Flash crap and should read all videos fine on all platforms where ffmpeg works fine.

  4. Pretty sad state of affairs.

    Flash is fast becoming the new IE (which is funny because its so frikken slow). Personally i hold more hope for the open source flash players then waiting around for Adobe to give a stuff. I think one of the open source players has wmode support in the trunk.

    Maybe if we slag off Adobe enough the bad press will motivate them to clean up their act.

  5. Have you tried Flashblock? It blocks all flash movies until they are unblocked (by clicking on them). This way I avoid gnash eating my CPU when not needed and may choose to watch Flash if I need it and when it works.
    I use CVS versions of Gnash so I can't comment on current state of it in Debian.

  6. No, in fact I want to see flash videos from time to time and blocking them is neither an option as downloading them and watch them separatedly.

  7. I will try wine + firefox + flash on an ibook g3…

    and cross fingers… seems like my last chance…


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