Outside of youtube I really haven't used any flash content since my high school flash game days...
Which is why it is so important for the RPi to support flash if it is going to be used in schools - most games/teaching aids produced for teachers* available on the web are in flash - though most of them don't use any video and are purely interactive animations so software only would be fine. Not so sure how well some of the facebook games would run but that may just mean the kids get on with something more productive
* At least all the ones my wife uses targeted for primary school.
I don't see what that sort of flash content shouldn't be able to be software accelerated with little issue.
The comment that the r-pi will not be able to "pick up and play" web content is, I fear, completely unfounded.
I said it wouldn't be pick up and play for the average user.
This means poorly made facebook games, streaming music and streaming hd videos from various sources. If it fails to do any of them (or a combination of) smoothly, they will kick, scream and call the device rubbish.
Facebook games and streaming music should work just fine with software acceleration. Now streaming HD videos... well only 1 out of 3 of my computers I regularly use can stream *HD* videos. Even netflix's "HD" video isn't true HD. It's got the resolution, but not the bitrate. Of course, netflix in general won't work on linux I'm told, so it's a moot point, which brings us back to youtube which will do HTML5 which you will be able to stream.
Now that said, I do agree that people will kick and scream and call the device rubbish when they do find that one site that is stubbornly holding onto flash and it's too media heavy to be software accelerated even on a light browser on the r-pi (I'm looking at you Hulu!), but that hardly makes it non pick up and play for the average user (or at least not any less pick up and play than linux is on the whole for the average user )
Dear forum: Play nice