Adobe Flashes Linux

No one — well, very few, anyway — who uses Linux lacks the experience of Linux being the last major platform to gain native support for proprietary applications. Whether it's being held at arms length by rabid legal teams or just being overlooked as an important market, we all know the pain of finding out our shiny new gizmo is useless on our Linux systems. Wednesday, however, marked the end of one such experience, as Adobe released the latest version of its Flash Player — with full Linux support out of the box.

The release of Adobe Flash Player 10 — in beta release since May — brings a dramatic change from its predecessor's release in 2006, where Linux users were forced to wait more than six months for a Linux-compatible version. Version 10 bears full Linux support for its bevy of features, including support drawn from its film-oriented After Effects CS4 for custom effects and filters to animate and change effects at runtime on rich media content. It also includes native 3D transformation/animation, new advanced sound APIs and a calibration engine for application-level audio processing, including dynamic audio generation.

The move to full, on-time support for Linux gives Adobe another edge over the competing Silverlight software, which has left Linux support out of its official offerings. Adobe also plans to provide Solaris support later in the year. Flash 10 features are also scheduled to appear in the next release of Adobe's AIR platform, which is expected as a triple-release for Windows, Mac, & Linux by the end of 2008.

Linux downloads are available from Adobe's website in .deb, .rpm, tar.gz, APT, and YUM formats.


Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.


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re: debian and dependency hell

joolz's picture

Yet again it seems we are the poor relations of the upstream (and not very great) ubuntu publicity bandwagon.

Dependency hell ensues on debian as usual with anything at all multimedia.. Please note.. flash doesn't work on my system.. ever, so I was hoping for a painless upgrade to eventually get a flashplayer which either gives me some sound.. or doesn't crash my browser while it tries to run.

programs# dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb
Selecting previously deselected package adobe-flashplugin.
(Reading database ... 96292 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking adobe-flashplugin (from install_flash_player_10_linux.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of adobe-flashplugin:
adobe-flashplugin depends on libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.20.0); however:
Version of libatk1.0-0 on system is 1.12.4-3.
adobe-flashplugin depends on libc6 (>= 2.4); however:
Version of libc6 on system is 2.3.6.ds1-13etch7.
adobe-flashplugin depends on libcairo2 (>= 1.6.0); however:
Version of libcairo2 on system is 1.2.4-4.1+etch1.
adobe-flashplugin depends on libfreetype6 (>= 2.3.5); however:
Version of libfreetype6 on system is 2.2.1-5+etch3.
adobe-flashplugin depends on libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.12.0); however:
Version of libgtk2.0-0 on system is 2.8.20-7.
adobe-flashplugin depends on libnss3-1d; however:
Package libnss3-1d is not installed.
adobe-flashplugin depends on libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.20.1); however:
Version of libpango1.0-0 on system is 1.14.8-5.
dpkg: error processing adobe-flashplugin (--install):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

Is there anything wrong with wanting some support for the STABLE etch release.. We don't all want to run testing or unstable variants of an OS .. Lenny doesn't work at all on this hardware.. something up with xserver.

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alex stone's picture

To add to the misery, there's no PPC linux 32 or 64bit version either, on top of the glaring omission of the 'industry standard' linux 64bit version.

And companies wonder why Linux users get a little cynical from time to time.....

The title of the article is unintentionally misleading as a result of this. There might be a bog standard i386 32bit version of flash, but the rest of us are likely to wait a hell of a long time, before we get a shot at the title, if we don't get bored, and simply ignore every site with flash in it, gravitating instead towards sites that offer a more friendly format.

So perhaps the article should read, "Adobe releases an i386 32bit version of Flash for linux."

Then we all know where we stand, or not, as the case may be.

It's almost as if there's a desperate enthusiasm the moment any commercial company releases 'something' for linux, as if we should be grateful for any attempt, however half hearted or incomplete it may be.

Perhaps we've got this the wrong way around, and should be conveying the message that shows the palpably obvious rapid takeup in linux use as the default, and in doing so, create enough 'fear and profit paranoia' in these companies that they feel......compelled to offer multiple linux versions by default, and without the impression that they're doing us a favour.
All they're doing is shooting themselves in the foot, and excluding an ever growing chunk of a potentially profitable loyalty market.
There's more than one commercial operator that has released a profit based linux OS version of a programme, so it isn't the whole 'opensource so it must be automatically free, and we get nothing' mentality.

I just wish we, as a community of users, would pull together a little more, and send a clear message that we're as viable as a demographic, with the potential for sales in the marketplace, as any other OS user group.

Sorry about the rant, but i'm tired of the contemptuous egos of the commercial crowd, throwing us crumbs and expecting us to do an 'Oliver', and humbly ask for more, as if we, by the nature of the OS we use, are automatically pidgeonholed into a subservient, last in the queue, role.

Frankly i expected Adobe to be a little more forward thinking than this.

More fool I.

Alex Stone.

Full support for Linux???

Ivan V.'s picture

Where's the x64 binary?

Once again, we have to settle with nspluginwrapper...

Per Adobe

Justin Ryan's picture

"Adobe Flash Player is not supported for playback in a 64-bit browser. However, you can run Flash Player in a 32-bit browser running on a 64-bit operating system.

Adobe is working on Flash Player support for 64-bit platforms as part of our ongoing commitment to the cross-platform compatibility of Flash Player. We expect to provide native support for 64-bit platforms in an upcoming release of Flash Player following Flash Player 10.

To use Flash Player to view Flash content on a 64-bit operating system, you must run a 32-bit browser." (emphasis mine) Adobe TechNote

Notice it doesn't say "64-bit Linux," but rather "operating system" and "platform" — there isn't Flash player support for any 64-bit operating system. Linux isn't getting anything less than any other operating system. I don't think that Flash's Linux support is anything less than full — Adobe Flash is a 32-bit-only product (like 10,000 other products on the market), and it's support for Linux is equally full to that of Windows and Mac. Do I support excluding 64-bit? Absolutely not. However, I also don't support confusing "64-bit support" and "Linux support"; the product must be judged on its particular circumstances, and this is a 32-bit product.

If tomorrow a Flash Player for 64-bit Windows appears without a Linux counterpart, then I will take the position that Flash's Linux support is lacking, but as long as it remains a 32-bit-only product, I see nothing to suggest its Linux support, relative to its Windows support and Mac support, is anything other than full.

Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.