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?