"Penguins rejoice at prophesy fulfilled"
Adobe has resuscitated Flash Player for 64-bit Linux, drawing cheers from penguins across the planet. On Wednesday, the company released a beta version of Flash Player 11 for the desktop, and this included a 64-bit Linux beta. In June of last year, Adobe murdered an experimental version of Flash 10.1 for 64-bit Linux, but it …
Glad they got around to it. If that's one less bit of annoying trickery involved in being able to see "NYAN NYAN NYAN" on YouTube, then it's a tiny hair closer to public acceptance. Myself, I'll probably install it, and promptly install a flash blocker like usual.
Spawn of Satan, because you don't have a Beastie icon.
The difference between this release and those earlier 10.x betas is that this one includes hardware video decoding, at least for nvidia GPUs with the proprietary driver. That makes fullscreen and/or HD* flash video finally possible for 64bit browsers. For those who care about stuff like iPlayer (not me, I just record everything) this is a significant release.
Adobe added hardware decoding (VDPAU) to the 10.x line for 32bit months ago.
* HD that is if you think that it's all about pure resolution, not picture quality
You have a funny definition of the word 'stable' if you're using it to refer to the 64 bit Flash 10.1 for Linux. It was a steaming pile of bug crap in my experience. The damn thing never lasted more than 5 minutes without crashing on my otherwise rock solid system.
Here's hoping Adobe does a better job this time around.
Seriously though, I run linux sans flash on my 'secure' machine don't worry about it.
My gaming rig runs all kinds of crap but I don't care.
/shrug if it gets hacked of virii'ed. It's windows. Only entertainment there.
Best of both worlds. Having 2 of them. Best compromise. Hah.
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