After years of neglecting to do so, Adobe has now released Flash Player 24 for GNU/Linux. Now Windows, Mac and Linux are being offered the same version of Flash Player for the first time in ages. But considering Flash is already dying a slow and painful death, this might be too little too late.
While there are still a lot of websites that rely on Flash, major tech companies have turn their backs on the technology.
Google, Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple all have plans to get rid of Flash support for their Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari web browsers. Late last year, Facebook announced it will be discontinuing the use of the Flash player for its social media site for multimedia content, opting instead for HTML5; this is a common trend.
Flash has also been notorious for carrying a plethora of security vulnerabilities. The reason Adobe is now going to release the latest version Flash for Linux is for security. Back in September when the company announced its intention to do so, it said: "We have done this significant change to improve security and provide additional mitigation to the Linux community."
Technology website ghacks has noticed that you can now get Flash for 32-bit or 64-bit Linux on the Adobe Flash Player download site. Here are the versions available:
- Flash Player 24 for Ubuntu (apt)
- Flash Player 24 for Linux (YUM)
- Flash Player 24 for Linux tar.gz both as PPAPI and NPAPI
- Flash Player 24 for Linux rpm both for PPAPI and NPAPI
As we've mentioned, there are still websites and apps that require Flash. While the release for Linux might have arrived a bit late, Flash will still be around for the next few years at least.