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Opera 24 On Chromium Now Available For Linux

In early 2013 it was announced Opera would be switching to Google's Chromium Engine over its own internal web rendering engine it had been using up to that point. They switched to Google's forked WebKit engine and for about a year now have been doing new Windows releases while Linux was left out.

23 June 2014 - Opera - 25 Comments
Microsoft ASP.NET vNext Is Open-Source, Runs On Linux

Microsoft announced .NET vNext and ASP.NET vNext at their TechEd North America conference today. ASP.NET vNext is the next-generation version of their server-side Web application framework and it's now cloud-oriented. Microsoft is supporting ASP.NET vNext under Linux via Mono.

12 May 2014 - ASP.NET vNext - 73 Comments
Kingsoft Office Is Still Being Ported To Linux

While LibreOffice is currently the most popular office suite on Linux and there's countless of other open-source office / word processor suites out there, one of the longest standing proprietary office suites is still being ported to Linux as well as BSD.

7 May 2014 - Kingsoft - 15 Comments
Opera Confirms It's Betting On WebKit, Chromium

Opera will slowly be moving away from its own Presto rendering engine for its closed-source multi-platform web-browser in favor of using the WebKit rendering engine and is also beginning to back Google's Chromium project.

13 February 2013 - Advances - 37 Comments
Opera To Release WebKit-Based Web Browser

Next month Opera will be rolling out "Opera Ice", a new web-browser for smart-phones and tablets. This mobile Opera browser won't be built on their Presto engine but rather the popular WebKit engine. Initially this WebKit-browser is just targeting the mobile space but it's expected to eventually land on the desktop too.

19 January 2013 - Opera WebKit - 16 Comments
Lightspark 0.5.6 Brings New Flash Features

In light of Adobe killing Flash for Linux, there's a new release of the open-source Lightspark Flash Player. Lightspark 0.5.6 is the new release with a number of noteworthy improvements.

12 April 2012 - Flash Player - 8 Comments
Adobe Announces Plans To Abandon Flash On Linux

Adobe has issued a statement this morning that they will effectively be abandoning Flash Player support on Linux. After Flash Player 11.2 they will no longer be providing updates for Linux users but just maintaining the 11.2 release. Google is expected to take over with a Flash Player implementation based upon a new API, but only for Google Chrome-based web-browsers.

22 February 2012 - After Flash Player 11.2 - 64 Comments
Lightspark Open Flash Now Works On Windows

There's a new release of the open-source Lightspark software for handling Adobe SWF/Flash support on the Linux desktop. New to Lightspark 0.5.3 among other changes is a working Microsoft Windows port.

3 December 2011 - New Release - 3 Comments
Adobe Flash 11.2 Beta Brings New Linux Work

Adobe Flash Player 11 was officially released at the beginning of the month after being in public beta for a while. This afternoon Adobe has now put out a beta for Flash Player 11.2. The main Linux feature is multi-threaded video decoding support.

26 October 2011 - Features - 51 Comments
Lightspark Now Does EGL/GLES2 For Flash On ARM

It's been two months since the release of Lightspark 0.5, but now there's a new point release to this promising open-source Flash player. While the new release is Lightspark 0.5.1, and not v0.6, there are some very notable changes.

24 September 2011 - New Release - 4 Comments
Adobe Flash 11 Beta 2 Is More Stable, Faster On Linux

For those that missed it, this week Adobe released a second beta of their forthcoming Flash 11 platform for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows users. The first Adobe Flash 11 beta was christened by mainline 64-bit support after the earlier x86_64 Flash "Square" beta had fallen months out of date, but there's also other features to the 11.0 release.

12 August 2011 - Update - 52 Comments
Adobe Flash Player 11 For 64-Bit Linux Is Christened

As we have been expecting since May, the next Adobe Flash Player release finally re-syncs the 64-bit build with the Flash updates in the mainline code available to 32-bit users. This is the first public beta release of the Adobe Flash Player 11 that offers both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries to Linux users, along with 64-bit binaries for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X users.

13 July 2011 - About Damn Time - 29 Comments
Lightspark Flash Player Sees Some Improvements

The open-source Lightspark Flash Player is now at version 0.5 release candidate one. This new release is set to bring a number of significant improvements to this free software alternative to using Adobe's proprietary Flash Player on Linux operating systems.

5 July 2011 - Lightspark 0.5 RC1 - 4 Comments
Adobe Drops Linux Desktop Support For AIR

Adobe doesn't see "the year of the Linux desktop" happening, so they've decided to kill off the Linux desktop client for their AIR run-time. Adobe AIR 2.7 was recently released for creating rich Internet applications, but the Linux desktop client wasn't updated. This wasn't an oversight or delay in development, but Adobe is dropping the Linux desktop client so they can focus on mobile platforms such as Android and Apple iOS.

15 June 2011 - No More - 65 Comments
Adobe Flash Player Linux x86_64 Update Coming

Last week marked the official release of Adobe Flash Player 10.3 for Linux and other supported operating systems. Sadly, however, the Linux release was limited to 32-bit and their x86_64 Flash binary remains living in the "Square" 10.2 land. There also is no Linux video acceleration support outside of NVIDIA's VDPAU interface. To the pleasure of many Linux users, this is changing.

17 May 2011 - Coming Soon - 20 Comments

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