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Old 06-28-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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What is the Linux community going to do about the Adobe flash plugin discontinuation.


I noticed on Adobe's flash player for Firefox plugin download page had an announcement that 11.2 is the last version of the plugin for Linux. So what is the Linux community planning on doing about this in the future? Adobe indicates that security upgrades will still be available for the 11.2 plugin but no newer versions.
 
Old 06-28-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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That's ridiculous - a terrible move on the part of Adobe. Perhaps the Linux world should organize some kind of letter-writing campaign to ask Adobe to continue development post-11.2.
 
Old 06-28-2012, 09:25 PM   #3
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Honestly, I'm using Chrome anyway.

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That's ridiculous - a terrible move on the part of Adobe.
Maybe I'm reading too much into the roadmap, but it sounds to me like it was actually a terrible (read: evil) move on the part of Google.

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Old 06-28-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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What does Chrome use as a player plugin? From the sounds of it, Adobe might be trying to get out of the flash player business and have video play back handled by the browser directly. But they are still developing the flash player plugin for the windows side which is currently at 11.3. Although the 11.x plugin on windows has been nothing but trouble and it looks like 11.2 on the Linux side is not much better. At least you can download the older 10.3 version on widows while on the Linux side they only have the currect version available. The only thing that you can get that is of the older stuff is something called Adobe projector what ever that is. Maybe it is time for an open source clone of the plugin and have it available for all of the platforms to aid with adoption of the plugin.
 
Old 06-29-2012, 12:58 AM   #5
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Maybe it is time for an open source clone of the plugin and have it available for all of the platforms to aid with adoption of the plugin.
Well we do have Lightspark - it's a work in progress but, there are plenty of ways to play flash content. Minitube is another app for browsing YouTube videos too and if you are really stuck but have mplayer and youtube-dl installed then a simple one liner will play a youtube video,

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mplayer $(youtube-dl -g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_qhqMlWGdM)
Just substitute my URL with your chosen youtube link.
 
Old 06-29-2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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I noticed on Adobe's flash player for Firefox plugin download page had an announcement that 11.2 is the last version of the plugin for Linux. So what is the Linux community planning on doing about this in the future?
Using Gnash: see the Wikipedia entry.
 
Old 06-29-2012, 12:45 PM   #7
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I noticed on Adobe's flash player for Firefox plugin download page had an announcement that 11.2 is the last version of the plugin for Linux. So what is the Linux community planning on doing about this in the future?
Celebrate! Flash should have been buried with a stake of holly through its heart a long time ago.
 
Old 06-30-2012, 12:06 AM   #8
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Looks like Lightspark and Gnash are a couple viable alternatives. NyteOwl, I know there are quite a few people on various platforms that would agree with you.
 
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Celebrate! Flash should have been buried with a stake of holly through its heart a long time ago.
Yes agreed, it is the vampire of the multimedia world
 
Old 07-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #10
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I am 50/50 on the discontinuous of flash for linux. I don't think much about it, it's just there on the webpage with other contents.

Most linux users say flash crashes or freezes but I rarely experience this with my browser. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones . I wonder if this will apply to android OS as well...

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mplayer $(youtube-dl -g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_qhqMlWGdM)
Just substitute my URL with your chosen youtube link.
I tried it and it works great. Thanks for the code

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Old 07-02-2012, 07:43 AM   #11
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Most linux users say flash crashes or freezes but I rarely experience this with my browser. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones . I wonder if this will apply to android OS as well...
I have never had a problem with flash either. I think some people have just been unlucky.

They are discontinuing flash on Android as well.
 
Old 07-04-2012, 01:32 AM   #12
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Yes, so where do I write to Adobe?
 
Old 07-04-2012, 01:51 AM   #13
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Yes, so where do I write to Adobe?
I wouldn't bother. These corporations are like our politicians, they don't want to hear from you. Even if you did, you'd just get some stupid canned reply from them.
 
Old 07-04-2012, 01:55 AM   #14
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Or just use Chrome.

Seriously it is long past time for Flash to die a horribly painful death.
 
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May I ask why you say so, craig? What is it about Flash that you dislike?
 
  


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