Adobe resurrects Flash for Linux from the dead
Adobe just announced that it made the decision to bring Flash for Linux up to sync with Flash for other operating systems.
This means that Linux users will have access to the latest Flash releases just like users on other operating systems had for the past four years.
While Linux users could use Google Chrome or a comparable browser that ships with its own Flash version, those on Firefox or other browsers had to rely on an old version of Flash, and some command line fu to get it to work.
Adobe announced today that it will release Flash Player for Linux in sync with Flash Player for Windows and Mac going forward.
Today we are updating the beta channel with Linux NPAPI Flash Player by moving it forward and in sync with the modern release branch (currently version 23). We have done this significant change to improve security and provide additional mitigation to the Linux community.
If you point your web browser to Adobe Labs, you will notice that the company has reversed its policy on Linux support.
You find downloads for NPAPI plugins listed on the page for Linux that let you download the latest version of Adobe Flash, Flash Player 23 Beta at the time of writing, and install it on Linux.
Any browser still supporting NPAPI will pick up Flash Player and integrate it so that Flash content can be accessed while using it.
Adobe notes that the security is the motivation behind the change, and that some features won't be fully implemented on Linux. The company mentions GPU 3D acceleration and premium video DRM explicitly.
That said, we believe that the new NPAPI build represents a significant step forward in functionality, stability, and security and look forward to hearing your feedback.
It recommends to users to use the PPAPI version of Flash Player if that functionality is required. The PPAPI version is integrated in Google Chrome and many Chrome-based browsers, but not in other browsers such as Firefox.
The change comes at a time where Flash is on its way out on the Web. Facebook dropped Flash Video in December 2015, Google announced that it would block more Flash content, and Mozilla announced the end of NPAPI plugin support in Firefox.
The release of "in-sync" versions of Flash Player on Linux is good news for the Linux community. One could argue that Adobe is four years late but the release is a good thing nevertheless from a security and stability point of view. (via Neowin)
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