Jouni Laakso wrote:

I was wondering if I can share my thougths about plugins.
Flash player plugin has been in headlines for a long time.
It is frustrating that plugins don't exist in native
Www-browser ports because maby around 1/4 of www-sites uses
flash content.

My guess is that in order to avoid POLA violation, the
architects of our OS have simply allowed the software that
performs this task to live in the ports tree where it is. Installing 2 ports and modifying /etc/libmap.conf as instructed serves well enough to enable Flash 7 support in my Gecko-based browsers; but, as you observe (I am thinking)
and as I've noted, this isn't what some other people call
"plugging in".

Emulated Linux-Opera works with sound support.

I haven't tried flash+Opera.  No particular issues with
the setup described above.

I've read about NS-plugin format from and plugins to Opera are compatible with plugins with Mozilla Firefox.

Browsers usually (Firefox is) are ported to the operating
system later after the official project and because of this
for the manufacturers, Adobe for example, it must be
difficult to compile a plugin for *BSD or any other os
besides the most used.
My message: Firefox seems to be the most liked browser.
Maby FreeBSD or any development should be done to the
official Firefox-projects files. This is how the making of
plugins becomes easier for the manufacturers. It seems to
be minor patching, I don't know.

Does anyone know about "NS" plugin format? If only one
plugin is required for all browsers? How about a reference
Web Browser agreement among manufacturers?

If you cvsup your ports tree or head over to,
you'll find that "nspluginwrapper" was added to the ports tree roughly one week ago. (Dave Grochowski, if you read this,
"thank you" on behalf of one/several/many. :-) )

So, perhaps things are headed (optionally, of course) in the direction you are alluding to?

I've not yet read the docs on this, but maybe it's a step....

Kevin Kinsey
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would have been more wonderful to miss it.
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