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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

Adobe Flash Player 11 Is Now Officially Out

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

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 Offers Flash Player 11 Release Candidate

Adobe has today issued their first release candidate for the forthcoming Flash Player 11.0 release.
6 September 2011 - New Release

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Flash 11 beta was christened by mainline 64-bit support after the earlier x86_64 Flash "Square" beta had fallen months out of date, but there's also other features to the 11.0 release.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

Adobe Flash Player 10.3 Linux Beta Released

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

Lightspark Flash Goes To Linux PowerPC

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 0.4.5 Flash Player Released

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

Flash 10.2 On Intel Will Warm Your Lap, But Not Much More

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

Adobe's Flash Video Acceleration On Linux Uses VDPAU

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

Adobe Flash 10.2 Brings Linux Video Acceleration

Yesterday afternoon the Adobe developers came out to release their first Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Beta for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. This Flash Player releases introduces "Stage Video", which is their new API and method for accelerating Flash video content across all platforms, including Linux.
1 December 2010 - Stage Video - 77 Comments

Lightspark 0.4.5 With New Graphics Engine Nears

Lightspark 0.4.5 is nearing release with its new graphics engine. The release candidate for Lightspark 0.4.5 just came this Saturday, boasting this new graphics engine that more heavily leverages Cairo for graphics drawing and offloading more of the workload to the graphics processor for this free software project aiming to implement the latest Adobe Flash/SWF specification. Besides faster and smoother playback (and lower CPU utilization in most cases) with this new graphics engine, this open-source Flash player also now has better input support.
27 November 2010 - Release Candidate - 4 Comments

Lightspark 0.4.5 Is Bringing The New Graphics Engine

Lightspark's advanced graphics engine will soon be released with the forthcoming Lightspark 0.4.5 version. We first talked about this advanced graphics engine in August that uses Cairo and OpenGL for rendering, but finally, after making a lot of progress, it's ready to be released.
7 November 2010 - New Lightspark - 10 Comments

Adobe To Use TransGaming's SwiftShader; Remember Cedega?

TransGaming, the company behind the Cedega program for running Windows games on Linux (as an alternative to using Wine or CodeWeaver's CrossOver Games) and Cider as the Mac equivalent, has just announced that Adobe is now licensing its SwiftShader Technology for the Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR.
27 October 2010 - The Cedega Company - 32 Comments

Lightspark's Advanced Graphics Engine Progresses

For those interested in the state of the "advanced graphics engine" for Lightspark, the newest and promising open-source project to implement support for Adobe's Flash/SWF specification, there's an update. This graphics engine is progressing, according to Alessandro Pignotti, the lead developer of Lightspark.
25 September 2010 - Makes Progress - 9 Comments

64-bit Adobe Flash Linux Support Is Back

Earlier this year Adobe made the rather strange decision to pull their 64-bit Linux Flash Player, but now they have comeback to release 64-bit versions of the Adobe Flash Player for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
16 September 2010 - Finally - 31 Comments

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