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Adobe Flash v11.2 and Above Will Only Be Available For Chrome Browser on Linux

Adobe announced that the Flash player for Linux will only be available for Google Chrome browser on Linux and has announced their plans to abandon future updates of Flash player for Linux. From the blog post:

For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the "Pepper" API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.

Personally, it won't affect me as I do not watch many videos outside Youtube. But, lots Linux users may wish to use flash player for Firefox outside Youtube. One can safely assume that Adobe wants to kill Flash on Linux for all other browsers except Google Chrome.

The FreeBSD Desktop Problem

The Adobe Flash plugin is not available for FreeBSD. However, a software wrapper for running the Linux version of the plugin exists. This wrapper also supports Adobe Acrobatplugin, RealPlayer plugin and more. So this is going to be a problem for FreeBSD users. The only way to run flash on FreeBSD is via www/linux-f10-flashplugin10, www/linux-f10-flashplugin11, www/linux-f10-flashplugin9 ports based hacks.

More On Pepper (ppapi - Pepper Plugin API)

From this page:

Adobe has been working closely with Google to develop a single, modern API for hosting plug-ins within the browser. The PPAPI, code-named "Pepper", aims to provide a layer between the plug-in and browser that abstracts away differences between browser and operating system implementations. .

Because of this work, Adobe has been able to partner with Google in providing a "Pepper" implementation of Flash Player for all x86/64 platforms supported by the Google Chrome browser. Google will begin distributing this new Pepper-based Flash Player as part of Chrome on all platforms, including Linux, later this year.

For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plug-in for Linux will only be available via the "Pepper" API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.

Flash Player will continue to support browsers using non-"Pepper" plug-in APIs on platforms other than Linux.

As of Adobe AIR 3, Adobe has discontinued support for Adobe AIR for Linux operating systems.

Many users thinks that Pepper was a bad idea. Robert O'Callahan questioned the creation of a parallel Pepper platform API.

Flash is a bad idea for web. Take a look at iPad / iPhone sales and it's not a big deal for users. Same goes for Chrome for Android based devices. H.264 format used by streaming internet sources, such as videos from Vimeo, YouTube, and the iTunes Store, and by many others. However, this is going to be a problem if you wants to watch H.264, which really is the majority of video sites used on the web. It appears that Mozilla is not interested in or working on Pepper at this time

What do you think?

Source: Adobe and Google Partnering for Flash Player on Linux (via hackernews)

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{ 21 comments… add one }

  • Colin Brace February 22, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Can’t we just have HTML5 please?

    • Clinton Aarts March 7, 2012, 9:11 am

      I agree, html5 looks very promising, however some websites still require Flash.
      I use Firefox on all my pc’s at home, don’t plan on using Chrome instead.

  • Bjorn Roesbeke February 22, 2012, 6:56 pm

    There we have it, they’ve made a deal with Google.
    It won’t affect me. Most flash movies are played back by GNU gnash just fine.

    • Roderick Stirling February 24, 2012, 7:37 pm

      I have to agree, Gnash a more than adequate replacement, in view of which I am trying very hard to care what Adobe does

  • Joe the Mango February 23, 2012, 12:21 am

    Perhaps, Adobe wants to make their own history with google chrome and youtube. I’ll stay with Firefox no matter what…

  • Jozsef February 23, 2012, 2:46 am

    There will be always some solution, workaround. I learned that while using Linux for last 10 years or more.

  • verboze February 23, 2012, 5:37 am

    Never been a fan of flash, and more and more videos are being converted to formats that will play natively in HTML5-compliant browsers anyway. Since my usage of flash is limited to video anyways, this will not affect me much, if at all. I’ve been browsing with a flash blocker for the last few years anyways :)

  • Eric February 23, 2012, 9:27 am

    When I just saw the title of this article.I wanna say what about the users like me using avant browser, firefox or other browsers?
    After opened this page,I know it’s just for linux.I’m using wondiws haha.

  • Stephan February 23, 2012, 10:31 am

    “Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.”

    Flash will be a non-issue for the most part 5 years from now/the release date.

    They are killing it further by doing this, but it’s over for Flash anyway.

    Who remembers Java applets! I’m fine without those :-)

  • PK February 23, 2012, 11:48 am

    Testing to see if the Security Question works with hexadecimal.
    Result: It doesn’t

  • M.S. Babaei February 23, 2012, 7:36 pm

    The age of flash is coming to its end anyway.

  • Bummer February 25, 2012, 3:20 am

    Actually i hate flash and chrome as well, so this is a good news for me! The less i see that crappage the better. Old-time user of flash blocker here as well. And no, i’m not gonna use your s¤itty chrome, so forget about.. ;)

  • Alex February 25, 2012, 4:06 am

    I consistently block Flash, and never use Chrome. My browser of choice is Opera, and I already have a Flash blocking extension installed. The only people affected would be teenagers who view on line videos, and they mostly use Mac OS and Windows.

  • return42 February 25, 2012, 11:57 am

    Good news .. flash comes to it’s end :-)

  • Kipper February 27, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Just one more reason Flash must die.

  • bambam March 7, 2012, 9:42 pm

    does gnash plays any version???

  • leslie Jones March 8, 2012, 7:13 pm

    If it’s a choice between flash with Chrome, or Firefox/Opera with no flash, then it’s goodbye flash. Most of it ends up halted by Flashblock anyway.

    Bandwidth draining, processor overloading rubbish. No flash = a faster web experience.

    • neptunerx March 11, 2012, 7:27 am

      All Flash has done is tied up Internet bandwidth. Glad to see it going away.

  • anonymous March 13, 2012, 11:43 am

    Flash has long been the whipping boy of Adobe for far too long.

    Adobe, let Flash free. Throw it into the open source pool and let it SWIM! It wants OUT!

    Until you do, it will live in the dungeon where it continues to be exploited by bugs the community can’t spot.

    Or backdoors, which thrive in proprietary code, until white/black hats find them and magically they turn into bugs which require a patch.

  • wooow March 30, 2012, 7:54 pm

    Yeah! This move will boost HTML5 coming! I think that is Google’s strategy too (kill flash) :-)

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