[Company] wants [government] to relax [regulation]
Yup. That's news.
So is there a point to using OpenBSD if you install flash?
Is there a point to using any operating system, or any software at all, that lacks features you need? Flash is still sadly a major component of the web. Certainly not as major, and its importance is definitely fading, but it is still essential for using many sites at full-feature. less than 5 years ago flash-driven uploaders were all the rage. A lot of video sites have not transitioned to HTML5 video. Many games still require flash, and this "workaday" setup seems very games-centric. (government work?)
I'm curious and open to the fact that there is almost certainly something I haven't considered
A few reasons I can think of: automatic ZFS on root, ports system, and stability. Also, it's arguable (I lack any technical grounds for this statement) that BSD does a better job of "compartmentalizing" processes than Linux, so if you have to run Flash there might be no better way to do so.
Point is, it's not about what language you use. Learn the techniques and the rest will follow. Learn to learn new languages, you will need them. Learn how the high level code you write is handled at the bare metal. CS is not just about producing programmers... Anybody with time on their hands and a computer can learn to code. CS is about furthering the art and science of computing.
So short answer, yes, they kinda were that stupid.
Tbh if you find adding a ppa, refreshing the package cache and performing an update a challenging task, linux plainly isn't for you. For those of us who don't find this 30 second procedure paralyzingly difficult, we will continue to use a good POSIX compliant free OS without regard for your feelings about it.
You can feel free to have to run separate upgrade procedures for every single piece of hardware and each individual application over the life of your machine, to be subject to the will of MS for your desktop environments features, and work around the lack of POSIX compliance as long as it suits you.
Generators have become a backup that few people use today.
Few people. Many businesses. Most large buildings. All hospitals.
In other words, the more critical it is to maintain service, the more likely there is an on-site means to provide that service.
Old programmers never die, they just branch to a new address.