Linux: The Flash And The Fish

    September 13, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Flash Player 9 for Linux made its public debut (finally) at a controlled demonstration during a conference. Meanwhile, a number of people have suggested ways that Ubuntu Christian Edition will work for its users.

Linux fans finally got a peek at the long-awaited Flash Player 9 for Linux. During the Flashforward2006 conference in Austin, attendees got to see Adobe Flash Player 9 running in Firefox on a laptop equipped with Ubuntu Linux.

As Mike Melanson noted on his Penguin.SWF blog, this first public demonstration showed the Nike Air website, which was designed for Flash 8. For some reason, the Linux screenshot on the Flashforward conference blog has been reversed though.

(UPDATE: If I’d bothered reading the caption, I’d have seen that the picture was taken from back stage. Gahh!)

In distribution news, yet another Ubuntu-related project came to our attention. Christian Ubuntu has made it into the DistroWatch database, and offers some features oriented to people of faith:

Along with the standard Ubuntu applications, Ubuntu Christian Edition includes the best available Christian software. The latest release contains GnomeSword, a top of the line Bible study program for Linux based on the Sword Project. There are several modules installed with GnomeSword including Bibles, Commentaries, and Dictionaries.

Ubuntu Christian Edition also includes fully integrated web content parental controls powered by Dansguardian. A graphical tool to adjust the parental control settings has also been developed specifically for Ubuntu Christian Edition.

Posters at the Ubuntu Christian Edition Facts blog had some fun with the concept. They have posted a variety of OS “features” to be found in Ubuntu CE, like these examples:

A special BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) has been reintroduced, which looks like a long shining tunnel (LSTSOD: long shining tunneled screen of death).

Ubuntu Christian Edition’s wine can run Oblivion without any performance loss. After all, it can do miracles.

If you uninstall Ubuntu Christian Edition, it will automatically re-install after three days.

An algorithm developed in Ubuntu Christian Edition does not need proofs.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.