Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 15:24 UTC, submitted by Ajeet
Multimedia, AV On my mark... Get set... Start not caring! Adobe has announced it plans to discontinue the stand-alone Flash Player for Linux, instead focussing all its effort on the version available through the Pepper API - which, besides Chrome, no one else is going to support.
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torturedutopian
Member since:
2010-04-24

... making my system extremely slow and being unable to display fullscreen videos at an acceptable framerate. This was true with my 2005 setup ; it is still true today with my much upgraded PC.

Years of waiting for a 64 bits version. It eventually arrived but it took a hell of a time and sometimes seems to be even slower (?).
Years of waiting for proper hardware acceleration -- which temporarily arrived through VDPAU and vanished a few months later giving me false hope ;)

Should I be relieved, or will it get even worse ? At least, we were compatible but slow as hell.

Oh gees, overall, to flash devs : thanks for ruining my computing experience in the last 7 years and probably in the years to come :-) Really, I cannot think of anything even remotely as terrible as this... (as far as computers are concerned :-)

I know what you will say : Flash is not essential. Sadly it is. My wife has to be able to do everything she wants with my Linux box and tons of web developers still love Flash. Now, I have to make a choice : keep an outdated and crappy plugin in the 5 next years or switch to Chrome, which I do not want even if it's a fine piece of software.

Edited 2012-02-23 08:51 UTC

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

The problem is probably the sorry state of the Linux desktop and its API and drivers, making it hard for anyone other than the OSS goons to produce working, performant and compatible software for the platform. That said, Flash worked fine for me for most of the past 7 years that I've used it on Linux.

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

I've never heard the phrase "OSS goons" before. What exactly are they? Are they criminal groups who coerce software company executives into open sourcing their company's products using threats of violence?

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