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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RE: Found my first 10.1 flash bug!
by molnarcs on Fri 11th Jun 2010 08:00 UTC in reply to "Found my first 10.1 flash bug!"
molnarcs
Member since:
2005-09-10

There might be a quality gap between linux distributions as well - I remember having to do the same manual copying, killing nspluginviewer, etc before (mainly on kubuntu). Since I've been on Arch linux, I never had a problem with flash. I use chromium now (6.0.420.0 (48484)) - didn't have to do anything, flash worked automatically once I installed it. I also use Firefox from time to time, no problems there either. The only hurdle I had was initial setup, for I wanted flash not to block the sound system (hence I needed pulseaudio, then setting up a pulse enabled xine engine for KDE, and mplayer-pulse). But that was a one time job, I did it in October last year. Since then, I repeat, I never had a single problem with flash on either Firefox or Chromium.

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Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Well, I also use Flash on Arch Linux. It has major problems. Often it just gets stuck on video playing because of sound issues. And after every suspend/resume it is almost certain I will have to kill my browser and restart it because Flash otherwise blocks Alsa...

But it's good to know that at least one person on the planet can use Flash on Linux without any trouble.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, with Flash 10, I never got a crash on Ubuntu 9.04 and various releases of Pardus. My gripe with flash remains essentially the awful performance.

Installing the beta of 10.1 reduced stability but enhanced performance by far. However, now that 10.1 is released, I think that I'm screwed, as someone who does not use Deb nor Rpm...

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molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

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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