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  • Adobe Releases 64-bit Flash For Linux

    Phoronix: Adobe Releases 64-bit Flash For Linux

    Since acquiring Macromedia, Adobe has improved its Flash Player for Linux quite a bit in recent times with the Linux version of Flash being updated in sync with the Windows and Mac OS X versions. For instance, development of Flash Player 10 led to several public alpha and beta releases that brought a number of new features to this platform...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Njg1OQ

  • #2
    Will Sun be next to improve the 64-bit Linux user-land by releasing an official 64-bit version of its Java plug-in? Let's hope.
    We already have IcedTea6 which works very well


    But 64bit Flash WooHoo!!!!! just need a decent in-browser plugin for pdf files and no more 32bit wrapper for browsing!!!


    oh and no 64bit plugin for windows

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    • #3
      About darned time Adobe woke up and started moving into the 64 bit world. Things like this should start hastening the migration to a 64 bit platform. If they produced a 64 bit version for Windows, then that'll be a plus as well, for those stuck with Windows

      Now codecs themselves need to become available in 64 bit flavors too for full 64 bit multimedia playback/recording

      Now to make a 64 bit version of Adobe Reader would be sweet as well
      Last edited by DeepDayze; 11-17-2008, 08:34 AM.

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      • #4
        win64?

        LOLWUT?

        just to make sure - there are no win64 versions available, right? (The spec page for the plugin is apparently too dumbed down to make a conclusion)

        Am I missing something or are we really getting 64bit support before the windows version?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by myxal View Post
          LOLWUT?

          just to make sure - there are no win64 versions available, right? (The spec page for the plugin is apparently too dumbed down to make a conclusion)

          Am I missing something or are we really getting 64bit support before the windows version?
          From Adobe's Flash Player 10 FAQ:

          Why arenít the Windows and Mac 64-bit alpha versions available on Adobe Labs?

          Release of this alpha version of 64-bit Flash Player on Linux is the first step in delivering upon Adobeís commitment to make Flash Player native 64-bit across platforms. We chose Linux as our initial platform in response to numerous requests in our public Flash Player bug and issue management system and the fact that Linux distributions do not ship with a 32-bit browser or a comprehensive 32-bit emulation layer by default. Until this prerelease, use of 32-bit Flash Player on Linux has required the use of a plugin wrapper, which prevents full compatibility with 64-bit browsers. With this prelease, Flash Player 10 is now a full native participant on 64-bit Linux distributions. We are committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player to Windows and Mac in future prereleases.
          So yes, Linux got 64-bit support first, before Windows or OS X. I'm pleasantly surprised, myself!

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          • #6
            This is great! I'm pleasantly suprised.

            Now the source has to be freed, and we're there.

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            • #7
              Sun is working on a 64bit Java plugin for Windows and Linux.

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              • #8
                Opening the sources would be great but will most probably not happen and sun should simply drop the non-free java version for linux and should start to concentrate on openjdk.

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                • #9
                  Quite intressting...running Kubuntu 64bit here and 32bit flash worked out-of-the-box for both firefox and opera. Lets see how this works out with 64bit flash....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by myxal View Post
                    LOLWUT?

                    just to make sure - there are no win64 versions available, right? (The spec page for the plugin is apparently too dumbed down to make a conclusion)

                    Am I missing something or are we really getting 64bit support before the windows version?
                    Win64 is a complete mess, alot of missing drivers and such. And drivers that dont work at all. So no wonder linux gets 64bit flash first.

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                    • #11
                      Wow, that came unexpected. I've got a feeling hell just froze over...

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                      • #12
                        I think the stars have aligned for linux on the desktop. I know people say that a lot, to the point where it is a joke, but I think it just stopped being funny.

                        Basically every major application and piece of hardware can now run on linux without hassle. Even my X-Fi and Radeon cards have corporate-sponsored open source support! Now it seems like Nvidia is actually the hold out! And they were supposed to be the pinnacle linux support!

                        Whoever said that Sun's lack of official 64 bit support is irrelevant because of IcedTea is correct. Intrepid includes it by default and I have seen no problems. That is the beauty of open source. We don't need any corporation to compile code for us.

                        Even GLX, that last little piece of OpenGL was just open sourced. Now you could technically run gNewSense or some such purist distribution and have full compositing with any non-nvidia card, unless nouveau has improved in which case nearly any card.

                        With the recent opening up of some of Flash's specs, gnash should improve very quickly too.

                        Hopefully the stars will align again for DRI2 in Jaunty. Now we just got to get our OS installed by default by Dell, HP, etc. Perhaps a silver lining of this recent economic turmoil will be increased attractiveness of Open Source. I think netbooks, smartphones, and ultra-low-cost PCs are now proving to be a niche linux is very well suited for, and this will have network effects for the desktop.

                        I am having a hard time thinking of new goals. uhh improve boot times even more?

                        MP3 patents will expire by 2012, but getting broader Vorbis support is still a good idea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Lic..._patent_issues

                        Cheers!
                        Last edited by EmbraceUnity; 11-17-2008, 11:03 AM.

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                        • #13
                          I might be dumb, but what do I need to run a 64bits distro?
                          I've got a Pentium E5200, is it ok?

                          Auxiliary question: is 64bits better in any point? Or it's just for the fun? (which would suffice me to install one )

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Creak View Post
                            I might be dumb, but what do I need to run a 64bits distro?
                            Either any AMD cpu since the Athlon 64 or an Intel Core 2.
                            Originally posted by Creak View Post
                            I've got a Pentium E5200, is it ok?
                            If you mean a Core 2 Duo E5200 then yes, it supports amd64. Afaik there is nothing like a Pentium E5200, Intel dropped the Pentium-name with the introduction of the Core 2 Architecture and has only recently used it again for some very low-end dualcore cpus.
                            Originally posted by Creak View Post
                            Auxiliary question: is 64bits better in any point? Or it's just for the fun? (which would suffice me to install one )
                            It's not necessarly faster than x86 (there are some advantages and some disadvantages, which eventualy weigh up each other), so the only benefit is the ability to use >= 4 GB of Ram without any hassle.

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                            • #15
                              So now 64-bit users can also experience fatal Firefox crashes without the safety of nspluginwrapper saving them? Umm, woo?

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