Across The Distros

Things are going swimmingly right now. As in, I can play multiple Flash videos in multiple Firefox browser tabs with nary a crash nor a thread hang. In fact, I’m feeling so confident about the stability that I’m actually composing this entry while a YouTube music video plays in another tab. Nervously, but still.

I am thinking about the next level– creating a single binary that can work reliably across multiple Linux distributions. I know this may sound simple, but there are problems that can crop up, which we have been dealing with one by one. This afternoon, I created a build and tried it across several Linux installations we have handy around the office. Here is the success report:

  • Gentoo- naturally, since that’s the build machine
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • SuSE Linux 10.1

I won’t bother you with the details of which distros did not work in this impromptu test for fear of starting rumors that we don’t plan to support those distros. The task now is to make those distros work just as well.

Quick update: I should probably state that I am also not making any statement here about which distributions Flash Player 9 for Linux will officially support.