Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 22:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV It's been a very long wait, but the release is finally here: Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1. Since Flash has come under increasing scrutiny, there's a lot at stake here for Adobe. This release is supposed to use far less resources while still being faster, more stable, and more secure. Update: No 64bit Flash player for now - on any platform. The Linux beta has been axed.
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Note that setting up the sound system was crucial to have a painless flash experience. I don't particularly care for pulse-audio, but apparently you need it to have not only simultaneous playback but stability as well. It was a hassle, because then you need to have mplayer-pulse form aur as well, plus bin32-skype-pulse, libao-pulse (basically pulse versions of the major libraries). But you only have to do it ONCE!

That's why I think that problems with flash on linux are not necessarily Adobe's fault - it is possible to set up the system correctly. Unfortunately, very few distributions do it for you (I think mandriva was OK, but kubuntu wasn't). Arch doesn't set up anything for you (that's why we love it ;) ) but my experience shows that it is possible to do it without any extra patches and tinkering (arch is as vanilla as it can get) - just proper configuration.

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