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Flash Player 10 performing better on Linux, Mac OS

With the release of Flash Player 10, Adobe has addressed some Linux-specific problems and added features that result in better performance for Linux users.

Like me, you're probably not a fan of Flash's browser-crashing ways, but if use is unavoidable at times, at least Adobe has made some progress with the release of Flash 10. According to Ars Technica, benchmarking tests show significant improvement in performance for Linux.

Adobe has cleared up a few Linux-specific bugs and added support features for Flash video. In addition, Adobe now offers a DEB package specifically designed for Ubuntu on the site, as well as RPM package and a binary tarball. Ars Technica concludes:

Adobe's efforts to improve Flash on Linux and Mac OS X is a tacit acknowledgment of Apple's rising marketshare and Linux's modest success on netbooks. It is also a sign that Adobe is aiming to make Flash a stronger solution for cross-platform application deployment through its popular AIR runtime. This is further illustrated by Adobe's commitment to AIR on Linux and recent decision to join the Linux Foundation.

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3 comments
pgit
pgit

No. I installed it on a Mandriva 2008.1 system, and first thing I noticed was Tech Republic videos didn't play. (though others still did) It actually cause instability to the point I had to reinstall. Sometimes you have to slap your hand down when reaching for that cutting edge "upgrade."

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I don't get it.. am I missing something? Why is it so hard for Adobe to compile the Linux based Flash Player against the 64bit libraries? They still seem to think that running a 32bit browser on a 64bit install is a good solution. Pluginwrapper somehow exempts them from providing a 64bit player maybe? Maybe I'll discover that Player 10 is actually a 64bit RPM but somehow I doubt it.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

So, to make 32bit plugins run under 64bit firefox there is a lovely app called nspluginwrapper. It is very easy to setup: nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/flash- plugin/libflashplugin.so And that should be it. A quick: nspluginwrapper -l And you should see it listed as an installed ("-i") plugin available through the wrapper provided you also have libnss3 installed also. So, now instead of getting the animated GIF (so much better approach than Flash by the way) in the add spaces and "do you want to download Flashplayer" message from youtube, I get a white empty space where the flash player should appear. Maybe a reboot will fix the issue (it usually fixes Windows issues ;) ). Just my update and warning too anyone else dropping Player version 10 on there system. Aperently nspluginwrapper works well with Player version 9 so I'll likely drop back to that and test later. Adobe's success brings some obligations, a 64bit native player is one of those obligations with so much of the "interweb" making use of the embedded object. I know I won't recommend Flash to any of my web developers until it is properly supported across platforms.

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