Yes, Adobe, GNU/Linux Will Not Go Away

“Linux users have access to both NPAPI and PPAPI versions of Flash Player. However, for the last four years, the NPAPI version has been held at 11.2 and regularly updated with only security fixes while the PPAPI version (used in Chrome and Chromium based browsers), is in line with the standard Windows and Mac releases.
Today we are updating the beta channel with Linux NPAPI Flash Player by moving it forward and in sync with the modern release branch (currently version 23). We have done this significant change to improve security and provide additional mitigation to the Linux community.”
See Beta News – Flash Player NPAPI for Linux
One of the few remaining annoyances of using GNU/Linux in a world full of That Other OS has been the absence of full support/reluctance by Adobe.“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.
update-flashplugin-nonfree –status
Flash Player version installed on this system :
Flash Player version available on upstream site:
after visiting
update-flashplugin-nonfree –status
Flash Player version installed on this system :″
They’ve finally seen the light and have agreed to keep flashplugin up to date for GNU/Linux just as Google has threatened deprecation of Flash in their browser… Just yesterday, TLW was on the phone to “support” who was trying to get her to install an executable for TOOS. Come on folks, GNU/Linux exists and won’t go away.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to Yes, Adobe, GNU/Linux Will Not Go Away

  1. Some fool wrote, “that doesn’t give them naming rights to the operating system”.

    Nonsense. GNU meant “GNU’s not UNIX” since 1983. FSF conceived developing a UNIX-like OS from scratch. Apple got on that bandwagon nearly two decades later and they had naming rights. Why not FSF? Linus chose those tools and GPL v 2 also from FSF.

    See Wikipedia: “Development of the GNU operating system was initiated by Richard Stallman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as a project called the GNU Project which was publicly announced on September 27, 1983, on the net.unix-wizards and net.usoft newsgroups by Richard Stallman. Software development began on January 5, 1984, when Stallman quit his job at the Lab so that they could not claim ownership or interfere with distributing GNU components as free software. Richard Stallman chose the name by using various plays on words, including the song The Gnu.”

  2. Once again, there is no such thing as “GNU/Linux”. The Linux operating system contains the Linux kernel. The FSF contributed a great compiler and some tools, and a LISP IDE posing as a text editor, but that doesn’t give them naming rights to the operating system.

  3. oiaohm says:
    This is the stupid part about all this. Flash said they would only provide PPAPI with Chrome not as a independent installable solution at first then changed mind on that. Linux firefox users have been able to use freshplayerplugin to use the PPAPI one. Including using the PPAPI one from chromeos with DRM protection allowance stuff.

    (used in Chrome and Chromium based browsers),<< So this bit is wrong. The PPAPI version is used by Chrome and Chromium browsers directly and by NPAPI browsers under Linux by wrapper.

    Now Adobe could have been nice and release Flash PPAPI as a independent install so not having to down load Chrome to get it.

    Mostly its been Adobe being stupid when they see firefox or other NPAPI browser recommending installing old NPAPI driver instead of say install PPAPI and freshplayerplugin. But wait that would mean Adobe would have to support an open source project we cannot have that.

    The funny part NPAPI returning to Linux is completely funny. Adobe could have streamlined there complete flash system production system by porting freshplayer to OS X and Windows as well.

    But no we are going to remain with PPAPI and NPAPI because Adobe keeps on supporting both.

  4. DrLoser says:

    Linux, qualified by whatever feeble adjectival nonsense you desire, Robert, may not go away.
    On the other hand, from Adobe’s point of view, it doesn’t really have to go away, does it?
    They can just ignore it and pocket the profits. Much like any other successful non-FLOSS software organization can do.

  5. dougman says:

    Flash, what the hell is that? No one uses it anymore these days.

    OH and that GNU thing again, hmmmm.. I’ll leave this right here.

    Stallman reminds me of Tom Smykowski from the movie Office Space.

    Tom Smykowski: Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the god damn customers so the engineers don’t have to. I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?

  6. Agent Smith says:

    Flash is a bad dinosaur that has to go. Service providers are slowly ditching it, to the point it will be irrelevant.

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