You probably already know about this but on the chance you
have not already heard then here it is. And please pass it on.
I went to the Adobe Flash player download site to get the
latest Flash version (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
and I saw the following note there. Go check it yourself
from your Linux machine.
NOTE: Adobe Flash Player 11.2 will be the last version to
target Linux as a supported platform. Adobe will continue
to provide security backports to Flash Player 11.2 for Linux.
Since Adobe is always changing Flash this means that Flash
content will soon start showing up which cannot be played
by 11.2.*.*. For all intents and purposes Adobe Flash will
be dead on Linux. Without a Flash player we effectively lose
access to YouTube and may other websites. An inability to
play Flash content WILL BE A SERIOUS BLOW to Linux on
the desktop and mobile devices.
I understand there is an open source Flash player in the works,
Gnash. It's blurb says this, as of the moment:
Gnash is a GNU program to play Flash movies. Flash is an
animation and multimedia file format from Adobe. Gnash is
based on GameSWF, and supports most Flash (SWF) version 7
as well as some of versions 8 and 9.
That's not nearly good enough. There are probably other efforts
out there to get an open source Flash player. I don't know. If so
then how can we get our collective act together on Flash content
and stop competing with ourselves?
And what is Google doing about this? After all Android is basically
a Linux distribution and surely Google wants users of Android to
be able to use all Flash content.
Furthermore with Flash for Linux going away the various Linux
distributions are going to have to start bundling alternatives to
the Adobe Flash player into their distributions by default and the
open source browsers will have to start using them by default.
Neither Gnash nor any other alternative to Flash is included in my
One wonders why they are doing this? Is Adobe under pressure