The Vista WOW is Lost On Me (and my misconfigured system)

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2007-02-09 Email Print this article Print

After reading my colleage Joe Wilcox's ebullient ode to the new Windows Vista commercial that appeared during Lost, I had to see it for myself. Here's what I got: no-wow.jpg A click on the image brought me to Adobe's site, where I was informed that I'd need to upgrade my Flash Player version to is the version I'm already running. Shockwave [appeared to have been] the culprit -- there's no Shockwave for Linux. My workaround? I joined many wacky Linux users in adding my name to a Shockwave for Linux petition, and then I got back to work. Update: While I do indeed have Flash 9 installed on my system, my Firefox is, for some reason, using Flash 7. Epiphany, on the other hand, is configured to use Flash 9, and the video does work just fine. I guess that's what I get for riding the bleeding edge. So, here's that wow: heres-the-wow.jpg And what'd I think of the ad? It was pleasant enough, although I really should get back to work! Final Update (I promise!): Turns out that I had a pesky Flash 7 plugin living in my home directory, outside the dominion of the package management system of the distro that I sort of blamed in my previous update. So let that be a lesson, of some sort. |

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