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f you visit and look to see if you can watch baseball games over the Internet, you’ll be informed that you’ll need Windows or a Mac to watch them. Wrong. Any modern Linux desktop distribution will let you keep up with your favorite team.

The key is that MLB has dumped Microsoft’s Silverlight for its real-time video in place of Adobe Flash. While you can view Silverlight video in Linux via Moonlight and Moonshine, it’s a lot easier to just use Flash on Linux.

So, the first thing you should do is install Flash on your desktop. If you elect to go with Adobe’s own, but proprietary Flash player, you can either download and install it from the Adobe site or get a copy of the open-source Gnash Flash player. Both programs are also almost certainly available from your Linux distribution’s software repositories.

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