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That assumes that the users are going to be able to GET Adobe's implementation.
Remember that Adobe has stopped development on Flash for Linux. So new versions are going to have features that you just can't get on Linux.
so users may end up being forced to choose between the Adobe version that will work for some things, and another version that works on other things.
This completely ignores the problem of vulnerabilities in the released version and what that will eventually do to the 'everyone should just run the Adobe version' mindset.
Gnash, Lightspark, and Shumway
Posted Nov 22, 2012 1:16 UTC (Thu) by roc (subscriber, #30627)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 23:41 UTC (Thu) by douglasbagnall (subscriber, #62736)
Actually I have been trialling nothing for about a year now, and on balance find it to be my preferred swf player. The only feature I really miss is an h264 decoder, which sometimes tempts me to use other browsers. So while I thoroughly approve of Shumway, I can't bring myself to install it and thereby lose my nothing.
Posted Nov 23, 2012 22:10 UTC (Fri) by KaiRo (subscriber, #1987)
Using that together with Shumway will hopefully enable even a number of video sites to work that do not (yet) serve HTML5 video.
Posted Nov 27, 2012 15:58 UTC (Tue) by lambda (subscriber, #40735)
Hmm. I use Flash on Android with "tap to enable". I find that gives all the benefits of "nothing", while still allowing you to access the occasional piece of content you still can't access any other way.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 13:34 UTC (Thu) by dtalen (subscriber, #86448)
That's true. I should have clarified that this point was about Windows and Mac users, and not about Linux. Given that Gnash and Lightspark don't have much of an audience there, I don't think it's a stretch to assume that Adobe's implementation will continue to be their choice.
Posted Nov 23, 2012 15:30 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
No they didn't. They just stopped development of flash netscape plugin.
The 'Pepper' version of Flash is vastly superior and is up-to-date.
It would be nice if Adobe Flash would die, but whatever happens on the Linux desktop has no bearing on it's fate.
Posted Nov 23, 2012 20:12 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
(Note: Pepper Flash works perfectly well with Chromium, too, so you can have your free cake with your non-free PPAPI plugin if you want it.)
Posted Nov 23, 2012 20:58 UTC (Fri) by Jonno (subscriber, #49613)
Except there is no *legal* way to get the pepper Flash plugin without installing Chrome, which makes it sort of irrelevant that you don't need Chrome to run it...
Posted Dec 4, 2012 15:49 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Nov 29, 2012 18:18 UTC (Thu) by JanC_ (guest, #34940)
(The NSAPI Flash plugin still works fine with Firefox & Opera & other browsers though...)
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