TPUSER wrote: I am very surprised that this issue hasn't been dealt with in the Linux community.
I think you are very mistaken with your assumption that it is a Linux issue to fix. Macromedia/Adobe flash was optimized for Windows and having it work on Linux is an afterthought. Linux is not responsible for making it work right no more than it is responsible for making nVidia drivers work right. New hardware plays flash in Linux just fine. You want to use old hardware - well your choices/options/expectations need to be adjusted.
Part of the popularity with Linux is that it's less resource-hungry than Windows. Linux has always been a saviour of systems that are less than state of the art. My S3 Savage video is more than capable of watching a Youtube video. I've had it since I've been using Linux (2003) and have never had a problem with Flash until now. It recognizes my video subsystem correctly. The latest Flash for Linux (11.2) should work on my machine, and HAS worked on my machine. I am not saying that Linux is RESPONSIBLE for my problem. My machine is capable of watching a youtube video. So, if Linux stops support for PIII processors, are we to say it's not an issue that Linux should fix? If Linux is not an option for older hardware, then why are the devlopers of Xfce, LXDE, IceWM, etc., wasting their time? Why are so many developers wasting their time on distros meant for older hardware? Do they want to make a OS that only boots up but will not play music or display a picture on anything but the latest hardware? I think not. It was not the open source community's 'problem' to come up with an office suite either, but they did, with OpenOffice and now LibreOffice, because people needed it. I am not dissing Linux. I am and have been a promoter of Linux. All I am saying is, that there is someone capable enough out there somewhere to come up with a Flash replacement, and while I agree with your Nvidia comparison, Flash is software and Nvidia is hardware that needs to be reverse-engineered. We're talking apples and oranges here in comparing a hardware driver and a software solution.
Furthermore, I don't like your attitude.
"You want to use old hardware - well your choices/options/expectations need to be adjusted". My hardware has worked since 2003 with Flash, using Debian, Redhat, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, Ubuntu, Mint, and a thousand other live CD's. I will ditch my T23 when it won't run XP any longer, at which point it will be ready for the trash anyway. Sorry, I don't need to adjust anything. Good day.