Chrome-only Flash For Linux

Adobe seems to be really keen to get rid of Flash, at least on Linux. After 11.2, flash will be supported only through Google’s Pepper Plugin API, which is currently implemented only by Chrome/Chromium. Flash will be supported as an independent piece of software on other platforms. It won’t upset anyone. If anyone needs Flash, Chromium will always be there on Linux, perhaps better supported through Google. A good win for Chrome/Chromium, and maybe a little loss for other browsers.

The sad part is that this approach undermines the value of Flash as a technology. I always felt that Flash had its place if used correctly. Linux users won’t feel encouraged to use Flash now, and Apple users are already being advised against it. HTML5 is almost there to replace Flash in most of its applications. I wish Adobe had sponsored gnash to keep Flash significant.

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Abhijit Nadgouda
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