Adobe Drops 64-Bit Flash Support for Linux

Adobe has discontinued 64-bit Flash 10.1 development for Linux stating that significant architectural changes were being made to the plugin that would add improved security.

"We are fully committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop by providing native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player," Adobe wrote on their Adobe Labs site.

The 64-bit plugin was first made available for testing two years ago, but a finished, official 64-bit plugin never materialized. It's uncertain what caused this setback at Adobe, but speculation points to Adobe's focus on Flash 10.1.

Adobe gave no timetable for when it would begin development (or redevelopment) on a 64-bit plugin.

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2 Responses

  1. xeros says:

    It’s another reason for implementing HTML5 where possible and get away from Flash as quick as possible.

  2. Bruce H says:

    This is disappointing, but hardly a show-stopper. The current 64-bit version will still work for the vast majority of people, I should think.

    While I firmly support HTML5, and I do think it is the future of flash-like content on the web, it is still not ready for prime time. There are no good tool chains for developers, the canvas specification in particular is lacking features that flash has supported for years (sound, for instance), implentation in browers is incomplete and fractured, and of course, Internet Explorer is lagging badly in their support as usual.

    So I hope Adobe will soon commit more resources to 64-bit Linux. More options is always better, even if some of those options are not open source.

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