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While Adobe has abandoned Linux Flash Player support, the open-source Lightspark Flash Player alternative continues to inch forward.
19 May 2012 - Still Not Good Enough - 16 Comments
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 released the official Flash Player 11.2 for Linux release this week, which will serve as the last major version of their Flash/SWF player on Linux.
31 March 2012 - Flash Player 11.2 - 51 Comments
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
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
While Adobe previously said it would support Google's WebM video format within their Flash Player software, it doesn't look like this support will be arriving soon.
30 October 2011 - Not Supported - 9 Comments
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
After being available as public development builds for the past few months, Adobe has now officially released Flash Player 11 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows platforms.
4 October 2011 - Flash - 15 Comments
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 has today issued their first release candidate for the forthcoming Flash Player 11.0 release.
6 September 2011 - New Release
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
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
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 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
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
Adobe's just released their first beta of Flash Player 10.3 for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. But does it contain anything interesting on the Linux side? Let's find out.
8 March 2011 - No Changes? - 38 Comments
It was just a few days ago that Lightspark 0.4.5 was released with a new graphics engine, but now there's already Lightspark 0.4.5.1. What does this release bring? Experimental PowerPC support. Adobe only provides official Flash/SWF support for Linux on x86 and x86_64 platforms, but the open-source Lightspark now supports the PowerPC architecture too.
17 December 2010 - New Release - 3 Comments
Lightspark, one of the most recent yet most promising free software projects to provide an open-source Adobe Flash/SWF player and plug-in, just had its 0.4.5 milestone hit. Lightspark 0.4.5 is the release that brings its new advanced graphics engine for greater GPU acceleration by leveraging OpenGL and Cairo more heavily.
15 December 2010 - Free Software - 4 Comments
A few hours ago our Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Linux benchmarks were published that showed off the performance of Adobe's new Flash acceleration method dubbed "Stage Video" that is now in beta. On Linux this Flash Player 10.2 utilizes NVIDIA's VDPAU and Broadcom's Crystal HD APIs for the video acceleration. Some Intel Linux users have claimed though that their video playback experience was better with this proprietary Flash Player, even though their drivers lack VDPAU, so we ran some tests ourselves.
2 December 2010 - No VDPAU - 13 Comments
This morning there was the report on the release of Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Beta 1, which finally brought GPU-based Flash video acceleration to Linux. H.264 video acceleration has already been available on Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, but this is the first time that Adobe is bringing this support to the official Linux Flash player. With the 10.2 release to all operating systems they are providing this support via an API they call "Stage Video" for the complete acceleration of the entire playback process.
1 December 2010 - NVIDIA VDPAU - 22 Comments
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