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Just to clarify: there is a flash player plugin for linux, there isn't a shockwave player though. And there isn't a flash editor. However, some version of the Macromedia suite will run under wine, for what I heard (I dislike flash with all my soul, so I never tested it myself).
There are also some alternatives to the flash player plugin. Most video decoders will player .flv files, there's also gnash, which is an alternate (free) implementation of the flash plugin. There was some other around, but I can't remember right now.