PDA

View Full Version : Flash users rejoice: Flash Player for Linux coming soon (hopefully)



Jucato
July 26th, 2006, 01:14 AM
It seems that Adobe does have an intention of making Flash available for the Linux platform. The news might be a bit late, since the relevant articles/posts are dated May 2006. I posted anyway for those who don't know yet, and to provide some links.

This fact was brought to my attention through a blog post (http://news.com.com/2061-10795_3-6098253.html) in News.com. And I was able to pull of some useful links:

http://blogs.adobe.com/penguin.swf/ - a blog about tracking the development of Flash Player for Linux

http://weblogs.macromedia.com/emmy/archives/2006/05/yes_virginia_th.cfm - a blog entry from Adobe's Flash Player product manager. It says that the earliest beta version might be available early 2007. Roughly 6 months to go. :P

Eversmann
July 26th, 2006, 01:19 AM
Thanks to sum it up. The best place for me to gather news is penguin.swf.

Look at this, about the APIS that flash 9 on linux are going to use:

* General graphics: X11
* GUI elements (dialog boxes): GTK (oh yeah! menus for gnome!)
* Audio I/O: ALSA (finally!!!!)
* Camera input: Video4Linux, API version 1
* Threads: POSIX threads
* non-HTTP Networking: BSD sockets
* SSL: OpenSSL
* IME: you know what? I don't think we've settled on this one yet...

We have to wait for 6 months or more..... not a good thing. At least, i hope they do an excellent version. It's a big pain to deal with flash on linux right now.

Jucato
July 26th, 2006, 01:26 AM
Yeah I hope that the long wait is worth it. Flash is still one of those things that most Linux users are clamoring for. The Java problem has (mostly) been solved. (Of course, whether Richard Stallman agrees with this or not is beyond my present concern :D)

[off-topic]
Btw, I love your avatar! Naruto-kun! Where do you guys get those cute penguins? :D
[/off-topic]

daniel of sarnia
July 26th, 2006, 01:26 AM
Cool, that made my day. But 2007 not so cool.

Eversmann
July 26th, 2006, 01:31 AM
----- OFFTOPIC ----

The tux avatars:

http://tux.crystalxp.net/index.php

Naruto is the best! :-D was Naruto or Bleach :-D

There's a forum mate around here that has the kakashi on him. You could be..... Sasuke and make a group on the forum, lol.

---- OFF-TOPIC -----

Jucato
July 26th, 2006, 01:47 AM
[off-topic]
Thanks for that wonderful link!
I'm a bit hesitant to change my avatar, though, as I made that one myself. But those penguins are so irresistibly cute. :D
[/off-topic]

RAV TUX
July 29th, 2006, 06:27 AM
http://news.com.com/2061-10795_3-6098253.html

July 25, 2006 11:03 AM PDT
Adobe has resumed work on a Linux version of its Flash Player and plans to catch the software up to its Windows and Mac OS X equivalent, version 9, the company has said.
"Yes, Adobe is actively working on the Linux version of Flash Player 9," said Emmy Huang, Flash product manager, in a May blog posting (http://dw.com.com/redir?destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fweblogs.macromedia.com% 2Femmy%2Farchives%2F2006%2F05%2Fyes_virginia_th.cf m&siteId=3&oId=2061-10795_3-6098253&ontId=10784&lop=nl.ex). "We expect to make a pre-release version available on Adobe Labs for early feedback and testing before the end of the year, with the full release expected in early 2007." A better performance for the Linux version is one goal, as is a consistent experience across different operating systems.
An Adobe developer, Mike Melanson, launched a blog about the Linux Flash work (http://dw.com.com/redir?destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.adobe.com%2Fpengu in.swf%2F&siteId=3&oId=2061-10795_3-6098253&ontId=10784&lop=nl.ex). On Monday, he described the software interfaces he plans on using and asked for input on his choices.
Adobe has revived other desktop utilities before as well. The company skipped version 6 of Adobe Reader but released version 7.
Adobe doesn't release Linux versions of its flagship desktop software products, though. A Novell survey found that Linux users believe Adobe Photoshop is the most important missing desktop application (http://news.com.com/Linux+users+say+OS+needs+touch-up+with+Photoshop/2100-7344_3-6035598.html?tag=nl).

Polygon
July 29th, 2006, 06:34 AM
horray! flash support would just make ubuntu even better

Rich3077
July 29th, 2006, 06:38 AM
Early 2007? This is not an honest effort.

Jucato
July 29th, 2006, 06:39 AM
Hi, Jozef! :D

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=223019

RAV TUX
July 29th, 2006, 06:41 AM
Hi, Jozef! :D

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=223019

Thanks I will merge these threads.

Jucato
July 29th, 2006, 06:44 AM
Sorry about that. It seems my thread was buried within 3 days of posting :D

That was very quick. Do you have some sort of notification program that calls your attention whenever you receive a reply in the forums? :D

RAV TUX
July 29th, 2006, 06:52 AM
Sorry about that. It seems my thread was buried within 3 days of posting :D

That was very quick. Do you have some sort of notification program that calls your attention whenever you receive a reply in the forums? :D

This function is available through your user CP, I believe. I don't use it, I just happened to be around.

I think that this is an important developement.

Jucato
July 29th, 2006, 07:00 AM
I use the Quick Links > Subscribed Threads feature, too. But it would be nice if there was an RSS feed available for Subscribed Threads, so you won't have to keep on going to that page whenever a subscribed thread has been updated.

(Btw, off-topic, I noticed something about MEPIS 6 and MP3s. You might want to take a peek at this thread: http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=220761&page=4)

nanophobic
July 29th, 2006, 07:09 AM
Why and how did flash become popular?

What are the features of flash that make all webmasters use flash in their websites?

Can the FOSS people come up with an alternative providing all the features that flash provides? How easy or difficult is that?

True, we have gnash. But with the Gnash approach the FOSS community would always lag behind developments in adobe.

We need to do an openoffice or firefox or ogg in the flash domain. Redefine the paradigm and rocket ahead of proprietory format.

Jucato
July 29th, 2006, 07:14 AM
I think flash became popular because of the ability to have interaction and animation with vector graphics, making the file size small. It was a "cool" thing so everyone jumped in the bandwagon. Now it seems that AJAX is the "in" thing.

I think it would be quite some time before Gnash could catch up. No offense meant to its developers, but it's quite behind last time I checked.

RAV TUX
July 29th, 2006, 07:15 AM
I use the Quick Links > Subscribed Threads feature, too. But it would be nice if there was an RSS feed available for Subscribed Threads, so you won't have to keep on going to that page whenever a subscribed thread has been updated.



I believe this is a work in progress?

Jucato
July 29th, 2006, 07:19 AM
Well, all the RSS feeds have been "a work in progress" for the past 2 months. And with some of the forum admins (who worked on it) gone, I'm not going to keep my hopes up. Good thing I was able to keep the old RSS links, because the current ones aren't working properly, at least on my side.

Derek Djons
July 29th, 2006, 07:57 AM
It's a real pain having to miss flash. Some people even make their whole website out of Flash or everytime you click some link on certain website it's all about FLASH FLASH FLASH :S

EdThaSlayer
August 4th, 2006, 06:45 PM
I cant wait till this next flash comes out!
Then i can finally view YouTube videos without it
skipping things...